Faculty & Staff Spotlight | Donna Militello, Grade 1

Faculty & Staff Spotlight | Donna Militello, Grade 1

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
My hope is, because I’m learning from my mistakes, that I’ve passed on a lot of wisdom to my students!  One thing that I tell them to do, if they are treated with unkindness; First, be sure to stick up for yourself then… remember to forgive, forget and move on!  It does us no good to hold onto grudges.

In 40 years, for what will people be nostalgic?
It’s sad but I think people will be nostalgic for meaningful social interaction in the future. This is a heavy subject but I’m very concerned with the overwhelming amounts of phone time and the seemingly flippant social media interaction on which young people rely these days. I’m seeing the negative impact of social media on mental health, which is frightening. I think we need to do more to help kids understand the choices they are making and the possible effects of it... before they inevitably use it.

What do you love about Forsyth?
Ever since I arrived in St. Louis almost 30 years ago from New Zealand, Forsyth has always been my home away from home. I have lived over half my life in the rooms of these wonderful old houses and had the distinct pleasure of teaching and learning from literally hundreds of remarkable children, families and colleagues. My love for Forsyth is deeply personal. I’ve been fortunate to see it evolve through triumphs and challenges and I can say with conviction that our community has always had the children’s best interests at the very core. I try hard every day to make my little corner of Forsyth a special place for our kids and I’m so excited as we move forward together... forging an exceptional future.

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