Vice Prinicipal Amanda Donaho proudly endorses “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” a book the school will be implementing into curriculum this year.

A new year is dawning as the Mustangs at Margaret Elementary prepare to start the 2013-2014 school year.
Creating a vibrant energy in the building is new assistant principal Amanda Donaho.
Not only is Donaho embarking on a new journey, she’s asking the student body to step up to the challenge as well.
A teacher for 12 years, Donaho looks forward to her duties as Assistant Principal at Margaret Elementary School (MES).
As a Margaret resident she believes her latest achievement is like coming home.
“We’ve always been in the community,” said Donaho.
Delving in as strong contributors to the Margaret community is easy for Donaho and her family because her husband, Russ, serves as the Minister of Worship and Outreach at North Valley Church.
Inspired by her third grade teacher, Rita Reaves, Donaho new early on she was meant to teach.
“Mrs. Reaves was just one of those teachers,” said Donaho. “I adored her. She was the teacher who inspired me the most.”
Teaching third grade at Springville Elementary afforded her the opportunity to introduce a school wide initiative starting this school year.
“We’re introducing ‘The 7 Habits of Happy Kids’ to our students. It was adapted for children. This book teaches life lessons these students can carry with them the rest of their lives.”
Having seen success in her classroom last year, Donaho says she cannot wait to see the impact it has on the school.
“This book encourages children to do the right thing even when no one’s looking and to embrace good change.”
Eager to get the parents involved as well, MES will hold parent workshops where teachers will relay the habits their children are learning in order for them to continue them at home.
“This school approach allows students to learn to be an individual leader, not only at school but in the community as well,” said Donaho. “The focus of the program is to produce transformation results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems and increase engagement among teachers and parents.”
Immersed in the St. Clair County school system for the past 6 years, Donaho is beyond thrilled to be a part of the MES staff.
“Living in Margaret, I’ve seen that we have a fabulous school,” she said. 
Donaho attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University and her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Alabama.
Then, in 2010 she went on to receive a National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards.
Happy to be the Assistant Principal at MES, Donaho’s honored to call her new school, home.
“It’s exciting. This is where I’m supposed to be.”


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