The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Donna Ronzone to its Board of Directors.
Ronzone brings with her the experience that comes with being a life-long educator. Starting her career in education on the East Coast, Ronzone began as a Library Media Specialist and transitioned to teaching. She then moved into administrative roles until she landed on the West Coast as the Director of Special Education for Briggs Elementary School District in Ventura County.
In 2004, she joined Santa Barbara Unified School District, where she spent 14 years as Principal of Roosevelt Elementary School and later as the Director of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of Assessment and Accountability until her retirement in 2018.
Ronzone holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Library & Information Science from Drexel University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and an elementary teaching credential from St. Joseph’s University.
With her many years of service to students, she offered the following insight, “My guiding principle in my work as a classroom teacher and school site leader is that a classroom, a school site, or a district is as effective as the success they have been able to achieve in meeting the needs of their most vulnerable students as well as all of the students in their care.”
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system, serving over 14,500 students in 21 schools. For more information, visit www.santabarbaraeducation.org.