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|Mrs. Donnell with her husband Paul Donnell after the awards ceremony.
Posted On: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Ashley Donnell, sixth grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Pass Christian Middle School (PCMS), was selected by her fellow teachers as PCMS Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Donnell began working at PCMS in the fall of 2012 after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2012. In addition to Mrs. Donnell being a dynamic ELA and reading teacher for four years, a few of her other titles include Renaissance Committee member, School Dance Committee member, Junior Civitan co-sponsor, former PCMS Cheer coach, and Spirit Committee member. Some of her many honors include 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year nominee, and 2015 Letters about Literature Educator of the Year. She has been selected as Teacher of the Month many times by the PCMS students. She is committed to continuing her professional growth as a teacher by attending a variety of conferences such as Capturing Kids Hearts and Teacher Leadership Institute.
Mrs. Donnell, who is the daughter of LindaMarie Jones, Stephen Jones, and Judy Jones (stepmother), resides in Biloxi with her husband Paul Donnell and their beautiful black-mouth cur named Elsa. Mrs. Donnell stated, “I never thought I would be a teacher. I started my education as an art major, but I have never regretted my decision to switch to teaching. I absolutely love my job and making connections with my students. I strive to be a positive role model and confidant for all my students, and one day I hope they can remember me as being a fun, loving teacher who always wanted the best that life could offer them.”