Donna Rafter


Associate Professor

BA, Elementary Education, Holy Family University
MS, Instructional Technology, Philadelphia University,
EdD, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Rutgers University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
Process and Pedagogy of Communication
Storytelling and Literature

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

Teaching is an active, cognitive process. To teach is to engage people in the learning, to challenge them to dig deeper to make connections between what they know and what needs to be known. Teaching and learning is hard work.

Awards and Honors

Part Time Teaching Award 1995

Additional Info

To stay current as a teacher educator, I work with second grade teachers and young writers each week throughout the school year. Working in the field keeps me on top of my game as it opens my eyes to the reality of today's classrooms, markedly different from my teaching 30 years ago. For example, on Halloween as bags of candy pile high on the windowsill, I listen and write as young writers brainstorm just the right words for "Going on Our Ghost Hunt". Through these experiences I work to bring life to the abstract concept of engaging young learners. These nitty-gritty classroom interactions then become part of my teaching in the college classroom. My students see that I not only talk the talk but I walk it with them.

Donna Rafter
Office: ETC 433
Phone: 267-341-3438