Ms. Lemone was born and raised in Los Angeles, where her education was enriched by attending schools with a diverse population of students. Donielle is excited to join the diverse community at Citizens of the World Charter and to fully explore her passion for teaching in a constructivist environment, where students are encouraged to be active participants in their own knowledge-building. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in music, Donielle joined Teach for America and earned her teaching credential at Pace University in New York City. While teaching first and second grade at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School in Brooklyn, she helped to develop the science and social studies curriculum to include project-based learning. She then earned a degree as a Reading Specialist at Teachers College, Columbia University. While studying at Teachers College, Donielle taught at Hollingworth Preschool, where she was thrilled to explore teaching through thematic units. She also taught yoga at Hollingworth Science Camp for elementary students. She then went on to work as a Reading Specialist at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary, teaching students in grades K–4. In 2014, Donielle returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, where she taught third grade and worked as a Reading Intervention teacher for grades 2–8 at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Sandra Cisneros. In her free time, Donielle enjoys playing with her daughter, Maple, and traveling. Her hobbies include photography, sewing, singing, and playing guitar.