Algebra I, Geometry, Probability and Statistics
Math Department Chair
Donna Haskins was born and raised in South Africa. She ventured to the United States after graduating high school and received her BA in Cultural Anthropology and a mathematics teaching credential from UCLA. Donna entered the teaching profession as a Teach For America corps member in 2001 and taught for 9 years as a 7th grade pre-algebra and algebra teacher at Belvedere Middle School in East Los Angeles. After completing her Masters degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (2010), Donna decided to make a transition to a unique independent charter school located in West Los Angeles.
She joined the New West Charter team in 2010 as an 8th grade algebra and geometry teacher and was immediately impressed by the collaborative, creative, and innovative teaching and learning taking place at NWC. In addition to being in the classroom with her inspirational students, Donna was excited to be given leadership opportunities at New West as middle school math department chair, beginning teacher support provider, and Governance Council Board member (2011 - present). In 2013, Donna transitioned to the high school as the 9th grade teacher and she currently teaches algebra, geometry, and probability and statistics.
For the 2016-2017 school year Donna is excited to continue the role of mathematics department chair and hopes to support the department in continuing to develop and implement engaging and rigorous curriculum and instruction in math classes at all levels. Some of her other duties at New West include being a faculty advisor for the yearbook, Model United Nations (MUN), and Girls Learn International (GLI) clubs. Donna loves the constant challenge of always growing and learning as an educator and hopes her passion for teaching positively impacts the wonderful New West Charter community.