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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 10 years and adults with exceptional needs for 25 years.  I am starting my 2nd year at Northeast Elementary School.  It is my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the  Northeast family.
 
        Goldsboro is not my home town.  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 29 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.  Heather lives at home with us, but all of the rest live in upstate New York. 
 
     I graduated from high school at 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 graduated 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 to be patient and learned what was truly important in life.  Heather graduated in 1997 from St. Johnsville High School in St. Johnsville, NY.  She teaches us everyday what is truly important in life.  Love of God, Faith, Good Health, Encouragement!  
 
   I am a member of First Baptist Church of Goldsboro.  I am a member of the sanctuary choir, and sanctuary hand bell choir.  I teach 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.
 
      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, committment 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 2014-15 school year.