Donna Fitzgerald taught art for 16 years at Illing Junior High School. She believes that through art education, children learn the essentials of communication, and appreciation of cultural diversity and critical analytical thinking skills. Ms. Fitzgerald brings this viewpoint to her work in curriculum development, middle-level planning and cultural enrichment programs. She has collaborated with a national writing team of art and museum educators, sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Center for Education in the Arts, on the development of curriculum units that emphasize teaching about art as well as how to create art. She also designed and oversaw construction of a formal art gallery housed within her school and geared toward generating interdisciplinary teaching. For the past twenty years, Donna served as an administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. She was the principal of Martin Elementary School, a Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Higher Order Thinking School in Manchester, CT. She continues to work at the district and state level as a consultant.
1983 Central Connecticut State University, M.S.