Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology 1979Master's Degree in Special Education 1983
Ms. Donna Dunafon Ott
First things first! I recieved my undergraduate degree (Bachelor's in Clinical Psychology) from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1979. I taught in a residential school setting for three years working with deaf-blind students aged 8-21. It was an amazing start to my career! I met a young lady named Wanda who changed my life and my perspective forever! Following this experience, I enrolled in a Master's program at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I earned my Master's degree in Vocational Special Needs and certification to teach k-12 in Special Education in 1983. During this time I served as a consultant at Missouri LINC in the area of assistive devices.
I taught at Riverside School for the Deaf from 1986-1989. From 1989 to 1993, I taught in the Columbia Public Schools system. My family moved to Alabaster, Alabama in the winter of 1993. Relocating to the south was a a great move. My son began his school career at CVES. I worked as a volunteer and then as an instructional aide. Once we were all acclimated and settled in our new home, I was ready to get back to teaching. I taught at Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana, Thompson Middle, and Thompson Intermediate School. I am thrilled to be bringing my teaching career to a "close" at TSGC.
When we moved to Alabama, I would never have thought my Missouri Tigers would end up in the SEC. In addition, I would have never considered ending up in the 6th grade. I have to say my move to Alabama has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I can't imagine a more fulfilling teaching experience than 6th grade! Life-long learning is the secret!