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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Dr. J

Never give up. The road will become difficult at times, but simply never give up. Find others who will lift you up and help you to keep going. Build a strong community of others who will support you and ones who you will support as well.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Dr. J!

Persevere Volunteer Dr. Donna Jagielski is passionate about education and helps with resume writing and career readiness  


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Dr. JWhat is your day job? How did you get started in your field?
Education Programs Manager – I am an educator – was in the K-12 field and adult education, specialist in the STEM and educational technology. Also an educational leader and even served as principal of Success Academy at Perryville.

What kind of education, certifications, training were required to get where you are now?
I hold two M.A. degrees and a doctorate in education. I also hold educator certifications – Secondary Education, Elementary Education, Principal and Adult Education – I also have a full endorsement in teaching ELL (English Language Learners)

How did you hear about Persevere? What attracted you to the cause and this organization in particular?
I learned about it when I was serving at Principal of Success Academy. I am passionate and dedicated to providing robust high quality educational opportunities to justice impacted individuals. My goal is to return to serving the educational needs of justice impacted people but through the avenue of higher education.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
Building relationships, teaching lifelong skills and building the self-confidence and self-efficacy of the students you serve.

Do you have an anecdote about this cause/organization that really moved you?
Just simply knowing that my career coaching sessions made a real difference in each of the lives of these women. That each of them truly value and appreciate my time spent with them. Authentic appreciation and making a difference is worth its weight in gold. Just seeing the smiles on their faces and hearing them say “thank you, I really appreciate it Dr. J. thank you”.

What other hobbies and interests do you have?
I am very dedicated to health and wellness. I am a certified yoga teacher and love to practice yoga. I am also an avid runner and triathlete. I love being in the outdoors, in nature especially the high country of Flagstaff.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Wow – there are so many places I wish to visit. Australia is certainly on my list. It has everything to offer. The animals and nature would be great to see. There is everything there from big city life to the outback. Plus their sense of humor is really great. Such wonderful fun attitudes the Aussies have!

Do you have any advice you would like to give to the developers as they start into their careers?
Do you have any advice you would like to give to the developers as they start into their careers?

Thank you Dr. J for all you do for our students to help prepare them for the workplace!

  • Dr. Donna Jagielski

    My passion and dedication are in providing robust and engaging learning experiences for all individuals especially ones who are at-risk, justice impacted, incarcerated or returned citizens. Learning experiences should provide voice, choice and empower individuals to utilize innovative approaches, creativity, problem-solving, and collaborative skills. My goal is to cultivate environments that provide learners with real-world experiences by creating relationships with community and industry leaders.

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