Teacher in Focus: David Donaldson
by Celia Shortt
(David Donaldson teaches seventh grade life science at Smokey Road Middle School. This year is his 19th of teaching.)
Why are you a science teacher?
I have a passion for science - especially life science. I try to keep it organic, and show them (the students) the real thing.
How long have you been a teacher?
This is my 19th year. I taught for four years in South Georgia, for five years at Arnall Middle School, and the last 10 years at Smokey Road Middle School. I’m proud to be at Smokey Road. I think the faculty here is great.
If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?
I think I would be a wildlife biologist. Something with biology.
What is the best part of being a teacher?
Just seeing the kids when the light comes on, and they get it. It makes it viable. It makes it interesting, and they are able to relate it to the real world.
What do you do for fun?
I’m a big football fan. I love to hunt, fish, and be outdoors.
What about your family?
My mom and dad live here, and my wife and I have two daughters.
What is your favorite movie(s)?
Braveheart and A River Runs Through It
What is the one thing you want your students to learn?
In life science, everything is related. It’s all a form of transferring one form of energy to another. In life, I want them to learn to do your best - put your best foot forward.