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Donna Connolly

BA Philosophy

Donna Connolly taught for several years with LAUSD teaching ESL and with Burbank Unified School District as a substitute school teacher. As a substitute, she had the opportunity to teach many subjects and grade levels.  After the birth of her first son, Donna left the workforce to become a full time mom. As a stay-at-home mom, she spent little time at home. For three years, Donna sat on the Scholarship Board at Mission College and worked briefly as the Executive Director and fundraiser.  She has volunteered in the field of education and with community organizations, writing posts for education blogs and Letters to the Editor.   Donna decided to pull her oldest child out of public school and homeschool. It's been an exciting and wonderful new adventure. As a homeschooler, Donna has taken her love of learning, teaching experience and passion for history and developed a course for HuckleBerry!   She is a UCLA graduate with a degree in Philosophy, and believes the number one goal of any instructor is to instill a love of learning in the students he or she is honored to teach.

Great Leaders of the 20th Century

Ages:  12-14

Homework requirement:  None


In this class, we will explore the life and times of ten of the great leaders and visionaries of the 20th Century. Each week we will step into a new decade and learn about an individual who led a nation either as a political figure, or in the fields of science, entertainment, activism and more.


A few of the leaders we will cover are Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest American President to serve in office, Indira Gandhi, the first female Prime Minister of India, and Mother Theresa who led the fight against poverty.


As we explore the life and times of these exceptional visionaries, we will learn about their culture including music, dance, food and religious practices that inspired their journey.


A typical day will include an introduction to a new leader. I will be using a Newsletter called 20th Century News that will highlight the leader and the important world events happening around the same time, followed by an activity and in-class project.


There will be no required homework for this class.


I am super excited to teach this class. I hope you will join me on this adventure.


Donna Connolly

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