Donald F Spencer



4612 North Country Hills Court

Cell: 813 480-2653

Plant City, FL 33566




Organized teaching professional with more than 20 years of instructing expertise. Great enthusiasm for teaching complex social science concepts to students.


Core Qualifications


Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction

Undergraduate majors in History and Political

Interactive teaching/learning


Innovative lesson planning

Expertise in distance education as administrator

Inquiry-based learning

and teacher

Student-centered learning

Instructional best practices










    Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Technology (distance education). Curriculum Development


    Taught a six hour graduate workshop in distance education for teachers and administrators for Internet school system .

Student Development


    Doubled the success rate for an Internet credit recovery program. Administration


    Developed and was the administrator for a credit recovery program for an Internet high school.

    Dean of students at an intercity middle school

Curriculum Implementation

    Lead a team of teachers to create integrated integrated curriculum unit. Process Improvement


    Chaired a committee to review process for purchasing software for Internet school system. Lesson Planning


    Employed Learning Focused Strategies to encourage student learning and build community within the classroom.


    Technology Integration

    Used Google Apps to conduct an interdisciplinary research unit






Professional Experience


FLORIDA 01/2006 - Current


Polk County Public Schools Denison Middle School


    Sponsored History Fair. Students learned research skills and how to present their findings in a media rich and interesting format.


    Sponsored Economics Team in district competition.

    Increased student success by implementing Learning Focused Strategies.

    Developed a mock election for county commissioner.

    Helped accommodate the needs of a religious minority within the school framework.

    Taught a professional development classes on using Excel to analyze FCAT data and Ruby Payne's Understanding Poverty.

Adjunct Professor 01/2005 - Current


University of Central Florida


    Courses include EME 6053 Current Trends in Education, and EME 6457, Distance Education Technology Process and Product.




01/2002 - 01/2005


Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

    Conceived and lead a collaborative team that developed a credit recovery program.

    Doubled the passing rate for the program in three years.

    Piloted software for middle school and high school.

    Conducted six hours of online workshop courses through Ashland University as an adjunct professor.

    Collaborated with well-known writers to train ECOT teachers in best practices in online teaching.

    Programmed and implemented a computer application to track student progress in distance education classes.


    Passing rate doubled in three years.

    Chaired a committee that analyzed and evaluated teaching practices and vendor provided curriculum software.


    Taught American and World History.

    Arranged individual curriculum and counseling.


Administrative Dean

01/2001 - 01/2002

Westridge Middle School



    Supervised student discipline procedures.

    Coordinated expulsion or alternative placement hearings as the Principal's designee.

    Administered team leader meetings.

    Organized field trips involving several hundred students .



08/1988 - 07/2001

Westridge Middle School

Orlando, Fl


    Developed integrated curriculum units for eighth grade team.

    Designed and implemented a curriculum in which students conducted research through the Internet, and created multimedia presentations.


    Team Leader




Education and Training


Doctor of Education: University of Central Florida Curriculum and Instruction


Orlando, FL


Master of Education: University of Central Florida Educational Leadership


Orlando, OH


Bachelor of Arts: Kent State University Majors: History, Political Science Minor: Education Kent, Ohio





    Educational Leadership / All Levels

    History 6-12

    Economics 6-12

    Political Science 6-12

    Social Science 6-12

    Social Science 5-9

    Middle Grades Endorsement