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Mrs. Donna Hupe taught for 31 years in a private school, D.T. Watson Home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and in public schools at the Seneca Valley School District. Her experiences as a teacher included teaching students with special needs, working with gifted students, and providing education to students in the primary and middle school grades. She earned a Master's Degree in Education from Slippery Rock University. In addition to serving on various school district committees, Mrs. Hupe was the president of the Seneca Valley Education Association for four years.

From 1990 to 1993, Mrs. Hupe taught graduate level courses for educators written by Performance Learning Systems, Inc. She is presently the author of "No New Teacher Left Behind" and writes for suite101.com. Mrs. Hupe continues to present workshops for various organizations. One such conference is the SPSEA conference which is annually held in Pennsylvania for education majors. 

Her most significant achievements include being a Fulbright Memorial Scholar (2003) who visited and studied in Japan, receiving the Profile of a Teacher Award (1989) presented by Campbell's Soup and Family Circle Magazine for her efforts in developing children's self-esteem, and being profiled as one of the "Professional Best" teachers (1989) selected by Learning Magazine.

During her time in Japan, Donna had the opportunity to visit different schools in Tokyo and Imabari. She participated in discussions with other American and Japanese teachers about educational issues existing in both countries. That visit led to working on committees at Seneca Valley School District to create cultural activities and events for students that helped develop better global awareness.

The National Foundation for Improvement in Education (NFIE) awarded Donna Hupe, while teaching at Seneca Valley, with a grant that supported a program created by the Seneca Valley Education Association. This program promoted parent education and allowed teachers the opportunities to present seminars and workshops about how to help their children at home.

Donna Hupe resides at Hidden Valley with her husband, David. She has one daughter and most recently became a grandmother. Her passion is linked with preparing the next generation of teachers and insuring that students everywhere receive the best education possible. She enjoys linking that passion through her writing and lecturing.

  • Saint Vincent College…Teacher Preparation at Its Best!

    Posted Wed., May 30, 2012

    Saint Vincent College offers education majors an updated teacher preparation program that will train them to be the best teachers possible.  This college is among the first to offer a Middle Level Education certification as well as Early Childhood, Secondary, and K-12 Content certifications.  Web based teaching is also taught as an integral part of each of the certified areas.


  • I Am Graduating from College...Now What Do I Do?

    Posted Tue., May 8, 2012

    Within the next few weeks, college seniors will be graduating and pursuing the careers for which they were prepared.  This blog author wishes to share her thoughts and advice as they embark on the next part of their life journeys. 


  • Teachers Don’t Deserve Recognition and Thanks…oh really???

    Posted Fri., April 27, 2012
    National Teacher Day is on May 8 and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11, 2012.  Many schools, parents, and communities are planning to show their appreciation to teachers.
  • Using Websites as Interview Prep Tools

    Posted Tue., April 17, 2012
    As a follow-up to the previous blog on interview tips, this blog addresses how candidates preparing for interviews can utilize the websites that are readily available. School districts have documented their goals and a collection of information regarding what they are providing for students. It is important that those college students who are graduating begin to use these websites as a means for becoming well versed on the individual districts.
  • Interviews and Mistakes Made by Candidates

    Posted Wed., March 28, 2012
    Graduation from colleges, business schools, and trade schools will be occurring in the next few months.  Graduates will then be entering the world of “job recruitment” and will need to fine tune their interview skills.
  • Why Should I Become a Teacher?

    Posted Wed., March 28, 2012
    Many students are making decisions to become teachers.  As they pursue their dreams, there are some people who are questioning them as to why they would ever want to be a teacher.
  • So…What do you know about Personalized Learning?

    Posted Thu., March 22, 2012
    For many years, educators have said that students learn at different paces and in different ways.  It is time to get serious about personalizing learning!


  • STEM…Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Schools

    Posted Tue., March 13, 2012
    Corporate America is hopeful that more public schools will begin to create and enhance STEM programs so that students will be motivated to pursue STEM careers.
  • RESPECT…Something New for Teachers???

    Posted Mon., February 27, 2012

    On February 15, 2012, Arne Duncan, the Education Secretary, unveiled the new RESPECT project to teachers at a teacher town hall meeting. According to Duncan “the purpose of the RESPECT Project is to directly engage with teachers and principals all across America in a national conversation about teaching.” (press@ed.gov) 

  • What is Student PSEA?

    Posted Mon., February 20, 2012
    Students who are majoring in education should seriously consider belonging to the professional organization known as SPSEA.

     "I chose Student PSEA because it delivers a different experience for an education major that cannot be found in any course; you are exposed to current political issues in education, scholarships, and opportunities to promote professional development. I have become more confident in myself as a leader and a future educator since I joined Student PSEA. I know I never stand alone and I always have a voice as long as I am with Student PSEA."  
    ~Alexis Gentile, California University of Pennsylvania (SPSEA website) 


  • Is No Child Left Behind Old News?

    Posted Mon., February 13, 2012
    10 states have received a waiver from President Obama and no longer must meet the 2014 targets of No Child Left Behind.
  • Online Teachers - The Future for the Teaching Profession

    Posted Wed., February 8, 2012
    There is a significant movement in education which is propelling the use of online learning inside and outside the classrooms.  Many believe that this new wave for future teaching will allow the learner opportunities to complete lessons that are more geared to personal attention spans and learning strategies.  In other words, online learning will not have to conform to the limitations of a teacher and a classroom.
  • Do You Know About Act 24 of 2011?

    Posted Mon., January 23, 2012
    Students who are preparing to be a teacher need to be aware of Act 24.  This law is very significant in that it amends a past Pennsylvania Public School Code. 
  • Teaching to the Test…Is it Okay?

    Posted Mon., January 9, 2012
    Some college students, who are studying teacher strategies and observing in classrooms as they prepare to be teachers, are formulating opinions that the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) is stunting creative teaching.  This opinion needs to be examined and, in some ways, corrected.
  • Can New Teachers Connect with Parents?

    Posted Mon., January 9, 2012
    Dedicated teachers strive to build strong relationships between themselves and the parents of their students.  It is a matter of committing time and efforts to building that rapport and establishing an ongoing communication with parents throughout the school year.
  • What Is KIPP...Can This Be the School Model for Successful Learning?

    Posted Thu., December 8, 2011
    On September 27, 2011, Brian Williams, news anchor for NBC, interviewed President Bill Clinton during an “Education Nation” event.  The purpose of this interview was to hear what a past president thought about present day and future education in the United States.
  • Why Are New Teachers Leaving the Career?

    Posted Tue., November 29, 2011

    The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has been conducting a longitudinal study which has been tracking the career paths of beginning teachers from 2007 and 2008. The findings, which were just published by edweek.org (http

  • Students Have Right to Mock Teachers Online…Good or Bad?

    Posted Tue., November 29, 2011

    You are a new teacher. Within the first few months, you begin to feel that two of your students do not like you and that they may be writing unacceptable things about you on their social media sites. As more

  • Possible Changes for NCLB…Fact or Fiction?

    Posted Tue., November 29, 2011

    On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law after being passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. The requirements of this law were that “all government

  • Parent Ratings of Teachers Could Jeopardize Jobs

    Posted Tue., November 29, 2011

    As education majors prepare to become the next generation of teachers, they need to realize that parents could be playing more of a major role in the evaluative process. Some state leaders want parents to evaluate teachers by way of