Donna Ransom

DonnaTeacher – Grade 3

I was raised in a family where academics was greatly valued.  As a result of this orientation, my oldest brother D. R. Cruise became a missile scientist and worked with Werner Von Braun on the development of the Polaris Missile System and the Saturn Missile which took American astronauts to the moon in 1969 and; my oldest sister, Mary Cruise became a full professor for the California State University System and a consultant to the World Health Organization.  I obtained an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) as well as a Masters in Elementary Education, and I have completed all the class work (except for my dissertation) for a doctorate in education–while at all times maintaining a grade point average greater than 3.90.  My under-graduate degree in history was obtained with high honors at the California State University at Sacramento. Additionally, I attended McGeorge School of Law for two years. I was the wife of an Air Force Officer for 20 years, and learned how to survive in the real world from that experience.  I am also a portrait artist, obsessive house cleaner, a relatively good cook, and a good seamstress. My passion is two-fold–serving God and serving others.

After years of working as a professional writer, statistical researcher,  and consultant to 26 cities and counties in Northern California and as a historical researcher for the State Division of Mines and Geology, I made a major career change to teaching and I have been very happy with that decision.  I am devoted to children and to helping them each achieve their full potential–just as I did with my own children–despite any learning disabilities, ADHD, or physical disabilities.  I raised a total of ten children—seven biological children, one adopted severely developmentally disabled daughter, and two foster daughters. My children have done well in life and many are also well educated and successful.  My oldest son just received his masters degree and two others will receive their master’s degrees in the near future. My second son published two text books on computer systems and website design by the age of 26 and my oldest daughter is a skillful courtroom advocate for mentally ill adults.  My twenty-fourth grandchild from these ten children is due in September.