Donna's Life Verse:

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto thee." (Matthew 6:33)

 

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION DONNA MARIE BERGMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna M. Bergman, EdD

Donna Marie Bergman, EdD

Pastor’s Wife at Victory Baptist Church
and
Director of Special Education Programs
Assistant Professor
Spring Arbor University

 

Above all else, Donna desires that God be glorified in all that she does. She went into special education after teaching high school math and struggling with questions about why some students learn and others do not. She believed that God wanted her to learn and do more to help struggling students. After taking courses in special education she knew that God wanted her to be a servant leader in the area of children with disabilities. He has blessed this ministry as she has given her life to serve the Lord and to serve those who He loves and created to be wonderfully unique.

Donna holds a BS in Business Administration from Bob Jones University, an ME in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She did graduate work at California State University to complete her teacher certifications in elementary education, mathematics and special education. She holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Arizona.  In her dissertation she developed a leadership model for initiation and development of programs for students with learning disabilities in higher education.

Donna taught every grade, kindergarten through twelfth grade in general education and special education classrooms. She developed bilingual special education programs and taught English as a second language for Southeast Asian adults. Now she enjoys training teachers to make a difference in their student’s lives.

Donna received the Spring Arbor University Faculty Merit Award in 2006.  During her public school experience, she was a nominee for Disney Teacher of the Year and the recipient of the Target Teacher of the Year and the Wal-Mart Teacher of the year.

Donna is a presenter at conferences and delights in assisting parents of students with disabilities. Her presentations on learning strategies, memory strategies, multisensory instruction, special education legal issues and serving the student with learning disabilities in the classroom are given to standing room only crowds. She presents at civic and church organizations  and volunteers her time to assist small schools and camps so that they can adequately meet the needs of children. 

She is a peer reviewer for Council for Exceptional Children Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, McGraw Hill Annual Editions Assessment and Evaluation and McGraw Hill Annual Editions Educating Children with Exceptionalities

Her leadership is known in the Michigan Department of Education as she chairs the Institutions of Higher Education Advisory Committee (Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education/Early Intervention Services). Her membership on the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan provides opportuities for her to serve families and individuals who face the challenges of learning disabilities.