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Gail Donahue

Director of Academy of Catholic Educators

ACES: Academy for Catholic Educators Gibbons Hall (GIB) 209 410-532-5164

School of Education


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership for a Changing Population, Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • M.A. Reading, Trinity University
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Penn State University


Gail Donahue joined the NDMU faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2000 and has been in Catholic education for over 40 years. Currently, she is the Director of the Academy of Catholic Educators (ACES), an outreach program through the School of Education, that delivers professional development to Catholic schools throughout the Baltimore and Washington areas. She is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, high school assistant principal, and principal. Gail works as an instructional coach and serves on two school boards. Dedicated to Catholic education, Gail’s focus has been on raising student achievement through professional development and effective teaching. She is an SSND Associate and volunteers at the Aslyee Women’s Enterprise.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Educational Summit, University of Dayton, June 2016. Keynote (one of three), “Technology, Innovation and Contemplation”
  • NCEA Symposium, Santa Clara, CA, June 2015. Keynote, “Blended Learning: Win, Lose or Draw”
  • NCEA Convention, Orlando, FL, April 2015. Co-presenter, “Using Interactive Notebooks in Math”
  • Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, January 2015. Workshop Presenter, “Blended Learning”
  • NCEA Momentum, published article, Sept/Oct 2014. “Integrating Technology”
  • NCEA online article, Secondary Division, August 2014. “How Prepared Are Your Students for the 21st Century”
  • Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa, FL, August 2014. Workshop, “Paradigm Shift: Teaching for the 21st Century”
  • Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium, Spring 2012. Co-Keynote, “Digital Learning for 21st Century Catholic Schools”
  • John Carroll High School, February 2012. Inservice, “Differentiated Instruction”

Honors and Awards

  • Karen Ristu Award for Innovation (NCEA), 2018
  • Sr. Mary Lucille, RSM Outstanding Teacher Award (ADW), (aka Tim Russert Award), 2008
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, 2006
  • NCEA SPICE Award for New Teacher Orientation Program, 2000
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