Donna Burns, Ed.D.
About Dr. Burns:
Donna Burns teaches Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Forensics at Northeastern High School in Manchester, PA. At Northeastern, since 1996, she plays an active role in many areas of public education.
Dr. Burns earned her M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University in Teaching and Curriculum in 2001 and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University in 2013. For her dissertation, A Transition Program: Students' Experiences and Perspectives, she completed a qualitative study analyzing a local transition program offered to incoming ninth grade students.
Dr. Burns' work in the classroom has provided her with extensive expertise in teaching biological sciences, the Keystone Biology Exam, PA Core and Science and Technology Standards, Biology Keystone Anchors and Eligible Content, and conducting laboratory experiments, including dissections. She also teaches education and methodology lessons to undergraduate students through guest lecturing and paid teaching opportunities.
Over the years, Dr. Burns has taught students with severe disabilities as well as gifted students and has successfully adapted content, lessons, and experiments to meet each of their individual needs. In addition, she developed effective classroom management methods to ensure each student is provided with a suitable educational environment.
Dr. Burns utilizes technology to create a blended classroom so that students can access class materials online, as well as meet with her in person. This technology has allowed her to provide students with the best learning opportunities possible.
In addition to her classroom experience, Dr. Burns served in several leadership roles within the Northeastern School District. She was a representative on the Executive Board of the Education Association and served in several leadership roles, including president. This experience provided her with a vast knowledge of professional rights and responsibilities, as well as contractual language and boundaries.
Dr. Burns also served as Department Chair for eight years, for which she was responsible for budget and supervision of department activities.
In the classroom, Dr. Burns served as a cooperating teacher for two student teachers and several pre-service teachers completing observation and participation hours for their program. She worked with administration to complete formal observations and with college supervisors to complete teaching evaluations during the students' experience.
Areas of Expertise:
Secondary Education, Biological Sciences, Teacher Rights and Responsibilities, Curriculum