Carol Donnelly


Title: Professor of Education
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Carol Donnelly, Professor of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of early childhood education.

Dr. Donnelly had always wanted to be a teacher and gravitated toward activities that reinforced her decision. In preparation for her career, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 1968 and a Master of Arts from Harvard University in 1970. She assumed employment as a high school teacher and guidance counselor at Auburn Public Schools from 1971 to 1974, earned a Master of Education from Harvard University in 1980, became a parent liaison for Cambridge Public Schools in 1980, and worked as a kindergarten teacher for Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts from 1982 to 1984. She took her talents back to Auburn Public Schools where she worked as an early childhood coordinator from 1984 to 1992 and the director special education from 1992 to 1997, concurrently earning a Doctor of Education from Boston University in 1988.

Dr. Donnelly then worked at Worcester State College as an assistant professor of education from 1997 to 2002 and his current role of associate professor of education in 2002. Additionally, Dr. Donnelly worked as chair of the Department of Education from 2012 to 2016 and as the interim director of Worcester Center Crafts from 2009 to 2012. As a testament to her success, Dr. Donnelly holds a membership with organizations such as the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Massachusetts Association Early Childhood Teacher Educators, National Association Education Young Children, Association Teacher Educators, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi. She is grateful for the support of her family and advises those aspiring to work in the education industry to listen to the students and act in their best interests.

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