Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (P-5) Masters Degree in Early Childhood Brain Based Learning Reading Endorsement Certified Orton Gillingham

Mrs. Donna Garland

Hello Hurricane Family!

I have been married to my husband Joel for 33 years! Joel and I both graduated from Cartersville High School!  We have two daughters, Ashley (31) married to Brad Penland and Erica (29) married to Trey Smith. Between them they have given us five beautiful grandchildren, Lucas (7), Sophia & Olivia (2), Brady (2) and Mia (2 ½ months). They all keep me on my toes, but most importantly keep me laughing and young! Our family is truly my world!

I am excited to be joining the Hurricane Family this year as I begin my 17th year in education. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia and went on to receive my Masters degree in Early Childhood Brain Based Learning from Nova Southeastern University. I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in public and private schools. I have taught second grade the longest, and I can honestly say it is my absolute favorite!

My teaching style is to meet the student where they are, and partner with parents to ensure each student is successful at school, no matter his/her learning style! I have high expectations for each of my students to grow, not just academically, but as an individual. Each student will have fun this year, will laugh a lot, will build relationships, will be loved as my own, and will learn something new every day!  

Together we can do anything! GO CANES! 


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