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Donna Scanlon



  • K-12 Administrator 


Mathematics teaching, mostly at the middle school level, in Holyoke Public Schools from 1974 -1995 forms the foundation of who I am as an educator. This was followed by more recent efforts as an administrator and curriculum leader in both Holyoke and Hampden-Wilbraham. After thirty-seven years as a Massachusetts public school educator, I retired as of June 30, 2011. Although I am grateful for this opportunity to pause and consider several options as next steps, I realize that I thrive when I engage in educational dialogue, leadership, and learning. I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my family, which has recently expanded to include two adorable grandsons. 


I consider curriculum, instruction, and professional development my main areas of expertise. 


"Algebra is Cool: Reflections on a Changing Pedagogy in an Urban Setting," in What's Happening in Math Class? Envisioning New Practices Through Teacher Narratives, edited by Deborah Schifter, Teachers College Press, New York, 1996.

Doctoral Dissertation: Pathways of Elementary School Mathematics Teachers Seeking To Improve Their Instruction Through Professional Development, 2003