Title: Secondary School Educator
Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States
Donald Stubbs, Retired Secondary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Mr. Stubbs entered his profession because he was impressed by many of his high school teachers and their teaching, and it inspired him to follow that route and become a teacher. Science was his first love and at first, he leaned toward chemistry, but when he got into a program with microbiology, he decided to stay there. As a teacher, Mr. Stubbs taught mostly chemistry. After being a dedicated teacher for more than four decades, Mr. Stubbs retired in 2000.
From 1969 up until his retirement in 2000, Mr. Stubbs taught chemistry and was the chair of the science department at Ponaganset Regional High School where he saw generations of students pass through his doors on their own academic journey. Prior to landing at the Rhode Island high school, he taught at LaSalle Military Academy, Bishop Bradley High School and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. In his own academic pursuits, Mr. Stubbs earned an AB from The Catholic University of America in 1959 and continued at St. John’s University with postgraduate coursework. He returned to The Catholic University of American to receive a Master of Science in microbiology in 1966.
In Mr. Stubbs’ career, he points out that his greatest accomplishment happened in the early 1990s. During this time, he pushed to get a lab in every single class in the high school science program and that was almost unique for a high school in those days. All of the teachers were on board with the program. It was a big accomplishment in his 41 years of teaching and had a lasting impact on the students who were affected by these labs. When deciding what to do in his life, Mr. Stubbs made the choice to teach children. He considered pursuing a doctorate had he stayed with microbiology in 1968, where he would have been on the cusp of medicine, but after some thought, knowing what he could bring to future generations became much more important. Mr. Stubbs had a really tough time getting other teachers to realize that it’s much better to be a facilitator than to be a dispenser of total information.
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