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Rory Donaldson  –  Denver, Colorado  
860-304-3178  –  donaldson.rory@gmail.com

RESUME / BACKGROUND

SUMMARY – I save academic lives by flooding kids with reading, math and study-skill success.

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Teaching kids to increase reading and math scores 2 – 5 years in 20 hours of instruction
  • Raising and safeguarding $10 million for scholarship and educational aid
  • Directing a Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge reading and math school
  • Directing marketing for Outward Bound
  • Teaching virtually any kid to ride a bicycle (without the training wheels) in about 10 minutes
  • Founding Brainsarefun
  • ‚ÄčTeacher
  • Father, husband, grandfather

CORE TEACHING COMPETENCIES

  • Reading, math and study-skills – newborn through adult
  • How to start on time, stay on task and complete assignments
  • Brainsarefun, Direct Instruction, Positive Discipline, Accelerated Learning, Experiential Education, Listening Tools
  • Outward Bound
  • How to ride a bicycle in about 10 minutes (without tears or training wheels)

‚ÄčTEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Brainsarefun
  • Head Start through college reading, math and study skills
  • Direct Instruction
  • Positive Discipline
  • Listening tools
  • Distance learning
  • ESL
  • Outward Bound
  • Healthy and fit with a good sense of humor
  • How to ride a bicycle in about 10 minutes

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Business owner
  • Public school director
  • Staff manager and trainer
  • Classroom manager
  • Non-profit manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Outward Bound director
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Volunteer

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Currently: Chief Brain and founder, Brainsarefun.com – an internet-based teaching company that floods kids and parents with reading, math and study-skill success, fast!

2007 – 2012: Development Director, 9Health Fair, Denver, Colorado. Increased donor giving 500% by raising $5 million in direct gifts and grants to underwrite free and low-cost health screenings and education for 100,000 men, women and children across Colorado. Commended for writing the largest awarded-winning grant in the history of 9Health Fair. Member, Denver Mile High Rotary.

2007: Apple Inc. Sales and Customer Service, Denver, Colorado.

2006: Outward Bound Project Director, Outward Bound Global Leaders' inaugural expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa (19,341 ft.). 

2005: Remedial reading and writing instructor, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, Connecticut. 

2001: Brainsarefun launched.

2000 – 2005: Development Director, Xavier High School, Middletown, Connecticut. Increased annual giving 539%. Member, Middletown Rotary.

1998 – 2000: School Director, Little Preparatory Charter School, Littleton, Colorado. Safely and successfully opened a new Direct Instruction Charter School for 35 staff, 320 K-6 public-school students and 500 parents. Taught kids to ride a bicycle in about ten minutes (without the training wheels).

1995 – 1998: Accelerated Reading, Writing and Study Skills teacher, Scholarship Recruiter, Accelerated Schools, Denver, Colorado. Taught kids and adults how to read, write, listen, speak, organize information, think critically and succeed with math and study skills.

1990 – 1995: Director of Marketing, Colorado Outward Bound School, Denver, Colorado. Exceeded net-income 5-year running.

1978 – 1989: Salesman, publisher and trainer: Citicorp, Cox Communications, MicroXchange, Endurance Publications. Recognized as top-selling salesman. 

1975 – 1978: Evangelist, The National Jogging Association, Washington, DC. Author of the best-selling jogging book, Guidelines for Successful Jogging. Champion, Fitness as a way of life. Cross the finish-line smiling.

1966 – 1974: Head Start through college teacher: English, reading, writing, study-skills, rock climbing and camping. Organized cross-racial tutoring programs and wilderness expeditions.

EDUCATION – Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

1966 – Current: 10,000 hours teaching kids to succeed with reading, math and study skills.

1971, 1973, 1991, 1993: Outward Bound wilderness leadership training

1969 – 1971: Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT), Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Major, Experiential Education and the Psychology of Learning. State certified to teach high school English and history..

1966 – 1968: Baldridge Reading and Study Skills, Greenwich, Connecticut. Certified to teach reading and study-skills.

1966: Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Majors, English and TeachingState certified to teach high school English.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY – Rotary, Outward Bound, 9Health Fair, schools.

Rory Donaldson
860-304-3178  –  donaldson.rory@gmail.com