Our Principal


Our Principal

Since 2010 Donna Dunson has been leading our school in education.

Past Experience


2007-2010 Edward W. Bok Academy

2007-2010 Edward W. Bok Academy – Lake Wales, FL

Led a team of excellent educators in designing and implementing a school that achieved an “A” rating from the state of Florida

2003-2007 Polk Avenue Elementary

2003-2007 Polk Avenue Elementary – Lake Wales, FL

•Academically moved the school
•Brought the school out of deficit spending in a two year period

2002-2003 Ross School

2002-2003 Ross School – East Hampton, NY

Head of School (three months as Assistant Head)


Areas of Responsibility
•Manage multi-million dollar budget and conduct mid-year reductions
•Conduct extensive curriculum review
•Design strategy to improve SAT scores and implement procedures for review of standardize test results
•Evaluate Faculty
•Work with Executive Team to develop alternative revenue streams
•Oversee M-term projects – field study programs – Senior Projects
•Execute Board and Parent Association responsibilities
•Walk Ross community through a 25 percent tuition increase


•Assists in collaboration with a Swedish school
•Design and establish a collaboration with a public high school in East Hampton – will generate approximately $200,000
•Increase community visibility of the Ross School
•Develop and expand the fund raising effort
•Develop community service component

1993-2001 Atlanta International School

1993-2001 Atlanta International School- Atlanta, GA

Head of Secondary


Areas of Responsibility
•Oversee Curriculum and Assessment
•Manage Budget
•Oversee International Baccalaureate
•Facilitate Secondary School Operations
•Design and Implement Staff Development and Evaluations
•Coordinate Student/parent counseling and consultations


Academic Initiatives
•Design and implement program to improve writing/math/SAT scores
•Conduct Pre-IB curriculum improvement, grades 6-10
•Reframe and improve Mentoring and Community Service
•Design and conduct Diversity Seminars
•Field Experiences-curriculum based: Africa-community service; Mesa Verde architecture; Europe-art and architecture; Canada-UN Landmine Treaty Signing


AIS Board of Trustees Committee Member
•Buildings and Grounds
•Strategic Planning


Special Projects
•Accreditation (SACS,ECIS)
•Keystone Curriculum (Designed Interdisciplinary architectural approach to learning in grades 6-10)
•Design and Discourse teacher; Theory of Knowledge lecturer
•Community Service grades 6-12 (Established International Student’s Against Landmine Initiative: a network of public and private schools)
•AIS Summer Experience (Established language, arts, and sports program ages 4-12)
•Fund Raising

1986-1993 Pensacola High School

1986-1993 Pensacola High School – Pensacola, FL

International Baccalaureate Coordinator-District Magnet Program Founding Coordinator


Areas of Responsibility
•Conduct Strategic Planning for District Magnet
•Oversee Curriculum and Assessment
•Design and implement Staff Development and Evaluation
•Manage Budget
•Conduct Admissions and College Counseling
•Design Marketing plan for IB within the Pensacola community


Academic Initiatives
•Design extensive math/writing support programs for feeder schools
•Create Advisory Program utilizing parents and community leaders
•Create a summer Program for academically disenfranchised students
•Oversee IB magnet—model for future IB schools in US


Special Projects
•Parent Volunteer Network
•Community Partnership with Monsanto Corporation
•Community Service Project in Historic Pensacola working with the
Florida State Preservation Board-Lear House Project combining
community service and fund raising

1981-1986 Pensacola High School

1981-1986 Pensacola High School – Pensacola, FL

English Teacher-Gifted Program-Teacher of the Year-PHS

Journalism Teacher-District Teacher of the Year

Director Grant Program for Vietnamese Group Home

1980-1981 Pensacola Catholic High

1980-1981 Pensacola Catholic High – Pensacola, FL


School Radio Program for students-creator and instructor

1980-1982 WCOA

1980-1982 WCOA – Pensacola, FL

WCOA-News reporter

1979-1980 WSIR

1979-1980 WSIR – Winter Haven, FL

News Editor WSIR radio

1978-1979 Winter Haven High School

1978-1979 Winter Haven High School- Winter Haven, FL


1976-1978 Pensacola Catholic High

1976-1978 Pensacola Catholic High – Pensacola, FL




MA, University of West Florida

BA, University of West Florida

Related Professional Experience

1999-2001 International Baccalaureate North America Board Member


1998-2001 IBO Development Committee Member
•Established Development Dept. Grant Writing for the Development Office


1995-2001 International Baccalaureate Heads of School Committee 
•Worldwide-15 member governing body of the IB
•Elected to serve 2-3 year terms
•Vice-Chair of Executive Committee-1999-2000
•Strategic Planning Committee Member


1996-1998 International Baccalaureate North American Representative to Community Service Advisory Board
1993-2000 IB schools in North America


1990-1993 Process of Learning Consulting
•Founder and Director Workshops for Parents and Students


1990-1993 Commentator for NPR affiliate WUWF


1989-1990 President of Florida League of IB Schools