Donna M. Neary

Donna M. Neary

Social studies teacher

Brief Biography

Donna M. Neary teaches high school social studies in Louisville, Ky. She and fellow educators innovated the Accelerate to Graduate pilot program, designed for immigrant and refugee students in danger of aging-out of high school before earning a diploma. The program won an AdvancED Best Practices Award in 2018, and she was selected as Kentucky’s Outstanding Social Studies Teacher the same year. Her chapter on the importance of field trips to English learners was published in “Knowledge Mobilization in TESOL: Connecting Research and Practice.”

Neary is a 2020-21 Re-imagining Migration Fellow, a program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. She recently completed the Graduate Certificate Leading and Learning in a Competency-Based Education System from Southern New Hampshire University in partnership with 2Revolutions. She earned an ED.S. degree in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago, and bachelor of arts degrees in history and journalism from Murray State University, Murray, Ky.

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