Mr. Donner started in education after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Physical Education and Health in 1996. He taught in Crystal Lake for four years while completing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in 1999. Since the 2000-2001 school year, Mr. Donner has been in administration as an Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal and now as Principal of Eastview Middle School where he has been since the 2006-2007 school year.
In his tenure at Eastview Middle School, Mr. Donner served as the Administrative Chair on the Teacher Appraisal Committee from its inception, 2008 through 2011; Human Resources Committee, 2006-2010; Transformational Task Force Committee, 2012-2015; Learning Disabilities Advisory Committee, 2006-2009; Student Information Software Committee, 2007-2010; District Grading Committee, 2012-2015; School Safety Advisory Task Force, 2012-Present.
Additionally, Mr. Donner is a member of Illinois Principal’s Association, 2003-present; Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development, 2000-2011; National Middle School Association, 2007-present and Phi Delta Kappa Greater Northern Illinois Chapter since 2001. In Phi Delta Kappa, Mr. Donner served as Membership chair 2002-2003, Vice President 2003-2005 and President 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 and received their highest honor, the Service Key Award in 2008-2009.
While serving as Principal at Eastview Middle School, Mr. Donner was a presenter at the National Middle School Conference in 2008 and awarded a certificate as Pioneer Leadership for Middle School from the Alliance for College Readiness in 2011.
Over the past several years, Eastview has been both the highest performing secondary school in U-46 and also the school that has demonstrated the most amount of student growth. Mr. Donner credits this growth to the outstanding teachers and support staff at Eastview.
When away from School, Mr. Donner spends his time serving as a proud father of five active children – Michaela, Madeline, Canon, Brody and Vivian.