Jane McDonald

Title: Associate Professor
Company: George Washington & George Mason University
Location: Vienna, Virginia, United States

Jane A. McDonald, Associate Professor at George Washington & George Mason University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. McDonald had an affinity for children since when was young and was told she would make an excellent teacher since she was always excellent when working with children. She earned a BA in education from the University of Florida in 1961 and later matriculated at Virginia Tech where she earned a Master of Arts in education in 1978 and an EdD in 1987. Furthermore, Dr. McDonald holds strategic planning certification as well as curriculum auditor certification. She has held various roles throughout the course of her career such as an elementary teacher for Dade County Public Schools in Miami from 1966 to 1971 and then for Prince George’s County public schools in Calverton, Maryland, from 1971 to 1974.

Following her time in elementary schools, Dr. McDonald took her talents to Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia where she served as a high school administrator, curriculum specialist, and Title I specialist from 1974 until 1984, when she became a high school principal of Boulder Valley Public Schools in Colorado until 1987. Dr. McDonald was then named an executive fellow of the National Academy of School Executives with the American Association of School Administrators in Arlington, Virginia, from 1987 to 1988. She briefly served as the assistant superintendent of schools with Niskayuna Public Schools in Schenectady, New York, from to 1988 to 1989 before assuming the role of associate professor of education leadership at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1999 and then at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1999 until her retirement in 2008.

In addition to her main pursuits, Dr. McDonald shared her knowledge with others by contributing to the “International Journal of Educational Reform” from 1991 to 1997, writing “Social Studies Mind Stretchers: A Middle School Teacher Resource Book,” and co-authoring “Critical Thinking: Middle School Mastery Skills, Virginia Standards of Learning Graphing Calculator Activities for Algebra I.” She has been the chapter adviser of Phi Delta Kappa International since 2000 and previously held a membership with the American Education Research Association, the American Association of School Administrators, and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Dr. McDonald is grateful for her mentors and for all the students she has been able to see succeed. Though she is retired, she still fondly recalls her years as a teacher and encourages others in the profession to find a mentor as guidance is imperative to success.  As a testament to her success, Dr. McDonald has been featured in the seventh edition of Who’s Who in American Education as well as the 60th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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