Ransdell, Donna

Welcome to K-1!

Mrs. Donna Ransdell


Welcome to James Dukes Kindergarten! This is my second year teaching Kinders at JD and I love it! Young children are so special, and their needs are so great. In my classroom, we do a lot of fun activities, including singing, while learning all those things that make Kindergarten a crucial year . 

I've been teaching on-and-off for the past 37 years, while raising my (now grown) children and supporting my (now retired) military husband.  About half of my teaching career has been spent  in grade levels (including Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 5th grade), while the rest of it was spent teaching Vocal Music (8 of those years at James Dukes).  

My husband and I have three grandchildren - ages 3-1/2, 2-1/2, and 1. Our favorite thing to do during the summer is to take road trips all over the USA.  We have been to all 50 states, visited a number of the US National Parks, and have driven the Alaska Highway in both directions. This past summer, however, was spent at home, taking our visitors all over the San Diego and Orange County areas. 

In addition to my classroom duties at James Dukes, during the 2nd semester (starting at the end of January), I run an after-school choir program for interested children in grades 4-5-6. It will meet weekly on Thursdays after school (3:20 to 4:30) and culminate with a small concert in May. 

We have a classroom Facebook page - it's labeled "Secret", though, so you won't be able to find it. If you are a classroom parent or grandparent, just send an email to me about accessing it, and I will send you the details!