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Meet the Teacher

Dear Parents:

My name is Donnamarie Dane and I will by your child's Pre-K Teacher.  I am excited that your child has been chosen to be in my VPK classroom at Sunrise Elementary and cannot wait to get to know all of the children.  We want to make this transition as smooth as possible for both you and your child.


Let me tell you a little about myself.  I grew up in Florida and recently relocated to Ocala from Atlanta, Georgia.  I have two daughters, and one granddaughter who live in Atlanta.  I recently graduated with my Specialist's Degree in Teacher Leadership.  Previously I nearned my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Care and Education from Mercer University, and I am a certified educator.  This will be my 11th year teaching Pre-K and I have been working with children for over 15 years in different capacities.  I have previously worked as a preschool teacher, have taught Kindergarten, owned a family child care center, was a camp counselor, taught Sunday school, and have been a Girl Scout Leader for several years.  Prior to teaching, I worked in the legal field.


My love is being in the classroom and working with children.  I believe in having a lot of fun in my classroom, while enabling your child to begin working on a strong academic foundation.  I am very excited to be teaching your child this year and hope that they will share my enthusiasm for learning.  Be prepared to be amazed at all of the things your child will accomplish this year and how fast they will grow up.


Parent involvement and communication are the key ingredients in a child's education, so if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  I am always available and willing to help in any way possible.  Here is my contact information:  email at  I check my email daily and I will respond within 24 hours.  Or you can call me directly at the school (352) 671-6200 ext. 53679.  As well we will be setting up a class page on Class Dojo (further information will be forthcoming).


I look forward to working together with you and your child.




Ms. Donnamarie Dane