2008 Teacher of the Year
2008 Teacher of the Year; Capitol Region Education Council
2008 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalist, Connecticut Teacher of the Year
2010 Connecticut Science Teacher of the Year, CT Science Teachers Association
Donna Rand is in her 18th year teaching at Glastonbury-E. Hartford Elementary Magnet School, where she teaches students in grades K-5 in a unique, inquiry-based, science program designed to excite young children about the wonders of biology, physics and earth-space science. “Here, curiosity, asking questions and problem-solving is the focus of student higher-level thinking and learning!”
Before coming to GEHEMS Rand taught for many years at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for Student Involvement in Avon, CT. She eventually became the first Head of School the Talcott Mountain Academy of Science and Mathematics, which is a school for gifted and talented students in science and math.
Donna has also taught courses at St. Joseph College and presented teacher workshops in science and gifted education around the country. In addition she has worked with the National Science Foundation as a Co-Principal Investigator and teacher, with ”NSF Project Parity” to increase participation of young urban, suburban and rural girls in science.
Active in state and regional science education, Rand presently volunteers as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Talcott Mountain Science Center and the Connecticut Invention Convention. She is also actively involved in the MIT Network of Science Educators and the Connecticut Sea Grant Program.
Her hobbies include sailing, skiing, hiking, photography and collecting things to bring into her science lab to interest children.
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University of Connecticut
Masters Degree in Educational Psychology:
Teaching the Talented, Science Concentration
Eastern Connecticut State University
B.S. Science Education and B.A. English, Sumna Cum Laude
Awards: 2008 Teacher of the Year, Capitol Region Education Council
2008 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, CT Teacher of the Year
2010 CT Science Teacher of the Year, CT Science Teachers Assoc.