All About Me!
My name is Donna Countryman. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist.
I have been teaching children with exceptional needs for 13 years and adults with exceptional needs for 30 years.
I am beginning my 4th year at Northeast Elementary School. It is my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Northeast family.
I do not call Goldsboro my hometown (yet). I was born and raised in the south, but my family moved around the south quite a bit. I call Panama City Florida, my hometown. I met my husband in Florida and we have been married for 36 years. I have 1 daughter, Heather, 3 step-children, David, Dean and Debbie, 5 grandchildren, Dean, Mandy, Michelle, Alex, and Ashley and 4 great granddaughters, Emma, Mya May, Addison and Rhyland and 1 great grandson, Carson James (CJ). Heather lives at home with us, but all of the rest live in upstate New York.
I am a graduate from Bay County High School in Panama City Florida in 1974. I was a member of the Million Dollar Band and I played the clarinet. I am also a graduate from Florida State University, Panama City campus in 1984. I have a Bachelors in Science Degree in Elementary Education from FSU with a minor is Special Education. I am currently certified in the State of North Carolina in Mental Disabilities. I achieved National Board Certification in 2010.
My desire for teaching students with disabilities reach back to my daughter Heather. She was born with Down Syndrome. Through her, I have learned what is truly important in life. Placing God in the center of our life, love, faithfulness, goodness, perseverance and patience. Heather is a graduate from St. Johnsville High School in St. Johnsville, NY oin 1997. She teaches us everyday what is truly important in life.
I am a member of First Baptist Church of Goldsboro. I am also member of the sanctuary choir, and sanctuary hand bell choir. I have taught the children and youth of our church how to play hand bells. I also perform as a hand bell soloist. I am an ordained deacon in our church as of August 31, 2014. God and church is important in our family lives.
I am also a certified special Olympic coach in the sports of Aquatics, Bowling, and Bocce. I am also a certified Bocce official with Special Olympics. Heather is a participant in special Olympic Wayne County in all of these sports. She was chosen in 2010 to attend the World Special Olympic Summer Games in Athens Greece in 2011. She participated in bowling and won a silver medal for her efforts. We both traveled to Greece to see her participate in these games. What an awesome event, country and travel experience.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, painting, reading, knitting, crocheting and I am the ultimate DIY(er).
Together we can form a partnership to educate your child to be independent citizens in our community. This partnership relies on communication on both our parts, commitment to assist your child, in whatever learning modality is needed for them to learn. To cheer with the successes and to encourage with the mistakes. I look forward to working with your child this 2016-17 school year.