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Mrs. Rees

Mrs. Rees

6th Grade Team
donnarees@mckeelschools.com


Welcome Wildcats!  I am a graduate of Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  I am certified in Elementary Education grades K-6th and ESOL.  I have been a teacher at McKeel since 2004.  My love for teaching was fostered in my early twenties when I began teaching Pre-School.  I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher.  Prior to coming to McKeel Academy Central, I taught Pre-School for almost 15 years (most of which were at The Publix Child Development Center), I served in the Polk County School System as a Library Paraprofessional, taught 1st and 3rd grades at a local elementary school, and I have also worked at Florida Southern College in the Music Department as an Administrative Assistant. Through all my educational adventures, I have learned so much along the way that makes me the teacher I am today. Since being at McKeel, I have now taught all elementary grades K-5th.  I am also thrilled to say that I enjoy teaching the middle schoolers in 6th grade at MAC.  In 2012, I was honored to be named Teacher of the Year at McKeel Central.  

This year we will focus on how students can improve their reading comprehension strategies and I will help them enhance their writing skills.  With a little hard work  from them,  and their dedication to the process, they can achieve so very much!   I am very thankful for the gift of being able to help others learn!  

I want my students to feel welcome and involved  in our classroom.  I encourage problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and responsibility.  I incorporate many different teaching strategies and tools.  One of my favorite teaching tools is the use of technology.  I feel students can best relate to technology since it is already such a big part of their world.  There are times the students teach the teacher!  I want my students to feel empowered by their education and find the things they learn will always be useful and purposeful to them in the years to come.  I want them to know that it is ok to make a mistake.  Things that challenge us, tend to make us grow and stronger with time.  I am looking forward to another great year at our school.  




Something to think about... 

You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

 ~A.A. Milne


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