Donna M. Neary, Ed.S.

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Donna M. Neary, Ed.S.


Email: [email protected] 
Cell phone: ‪(502) 518-4210‬


I am excited to join the faculty at the Howard School to teach Newcomers. Chattanooga is my new home, too, and my family and I are exploring the Scenic City! I look forward to meeting students and families as we learn together.

Prior to moving to Tennessee I taught immigrant-origin students and English learners in danger of aging-out of high school in Louisville, Kentucky. My role on the team was as the Social Studies and Humanities teacher. 


Education Specialist, Instructional Leadership-School Principal (K-12) - University of Kentucky 
Graduate Certificate in Focus, Leading, Learning, Teaching in a Competency-Based School - Southern New Hampshire University 
English as Second Language Endorsement - University of Louisville 
Master of Arts, Public History and United States History - Loyola University Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, History and Journalism - Murray State University, Murray, KY 


National Geographic Society, COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators, 2020 


Coach, Aspen Challenge Team, Iroquois High School Team Collaboration Award winners, 2019 
The Christensen Institute Canopy Project inclusion, 2019 
Multinclude Ideas for Inclusive Education, International Case study inclusion, 2018
National Geographic Certified Educator, 2018
Kentucky Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year, 2018 
AdvancED Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit Best Practices Award, 2018
Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant Award - 2014 



I Saw Wonderful (sic) Things in There”: Reflection on an art museum field trip for high school English learners. In Knowledge Mobilization in TESOL: Connecting research and practice. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 
Project-based learning and ELLs - Season 1, Episode 10 - June 19, 2019 
Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It's Perfect for Now. 
How Our Summer Program Uses Deeper Learning to Reach Struggling Students. 
Art Exhibit Lets High School Immigrants Share Stories of Hardship and Hope. 
Inside the Project-Based Program That's Turning Refugees Into High School Grads. 
"... Yearning to breathe free ...": Introducing Immigrant-origin Students to The Emma Lazarus Project. Re-Imagining Migration
Welcome to America: Embracing public history as public education