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Thank You to Mount Math Teacher for Years of Service

Ms. Donna Hauptvogel is retiring from Mount St. Dominic Academy at the conclusion of this school year. The Mount is grateful for her years of devoted service.  

Ms. Donna Hauptvogel has been at Mount St. Dominic Academy since she graduated college and began teaching in September 1971. She shares that it has truly been an honor and a privilege to work with the young women at the Mount and help prepare them for their college years and their careers. She believes she could not have chosen a better place to work! Of course, Sister Jeanne Adrienne, OP, who was the principal who hired her, played a large role in Donna being here. She worked for six different principals over the years, and she says it feels like six different schools since each principal puts her own stamp on the school.

Ms. Hauptvogel has had many roles over the years at the Mount. She has taught every math course, except Algebra I! She taught Computer Programing and various Computer Applications courses (including desktop publishing.) Over the course of her years, Ms. Hauptvogel was Chairperson of the Mathematics Department, Director of Curriculum, Director of Technology, and most recently, Director of Scheduling. In addition, she was a homeroom moderator for grades 11 and 12, coordinated the school fundraiser, was the business manager for the Lumen yearbook, a technical advisor for the Golden Fleece, and served on the Middle States Steering Committee for recommended evaluations.

Some of Donna’s favorite Mount moments include time spent with friends. She has had the opportunity to get to know so many amazing people – Mount staff are a very special group of people. She is also so grateful for having the opportunity to spend time with students – she believes there are so many extraordinary students at MSDA. She is always amazed at the growth and transitions in the four years they spend with us and is so proud of their accomplishments and contributions to the world. She feels that the Mount truly does empower young women. Donna shares that receiving the honor of being inducted into the MSDA Hall of Fame 2010 is one of her treasured memories. Her countless trips as a chaperone on the Senior Trip to Disney World have been phenomenal experiences sharing the magic of Disney with many Senior classes. She has loved every minute of it! But by far, the best trip she has ever taken was the MSDA trip to England with Linda Arndt and 18 Mount students. She was blown away by the architecture, the castles and cathedrals, and the countryside. She also enjoyed the “best tour guide ever” – she was wonderful!

Ms. Hauptvogel has been very fortunate to have been surrounded all these years by some very special and supportive people. They have celebrated the good times and helped her through the rough times.

Two of her favorite quotes are: “Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.” – Chinese proverb; and “Math is not a spectator sport.”

Traveling is one of her favorite things outside of school. She has visited just about all the National Parks from the Rocky Mountains west. She has traveled through parts of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, and the Canadian Rockies including Banff and Jasper National Parks. She has also extensively visited the New England states and Florida, where her brother lives. Her most favorite place is the San Juan Islands in Washington State. She has also discovered a love for cruising, having been on cruises to Alaska Inside Passage, Bahamas, Bermuda, New England and Nova Scotia. Still on her bucket list is England-Ireland-Scotland-Wales and Scandinavia.

Recently Donna rediscovered a love of crocheting, thanks to two different projects here at MSDA this fall. She answered the call for making prayer shawls during the month of October for the Mount’s Pink Mass and again when the request came for handmade baby blankets and hats for premature babies at St. Barnabas Hospital in honor of the Mount’s 125th Anniversary. She laughs when she thinks she might now support Michael’s craft stores all herself! Also, recently she discovered she loves to do color-by-number pictures; enjoys jigsaw puzzles, especially 3D, and computer games. She LOVES to read. Some favorites are: Regency romances, cozy mysteries, any books by Clive Cussler, Nora Roberts, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (among others). She has about 3,000 books on various Kindle devices as well as about a dozen boxes of books she has either bought or Linda Arndt passed along to her. Now she just needs the time to read them! She loves Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and James Bond movies as well as any movie with Nicholas Cage. She LOVES Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman. She believes she owns every CD and DVD put out by each of these: Abba, Mannheim Stroller, David Arkenstone, Yanni, Tim Janis, and Mars Lasar. Last but not least, she is fan of the Yankees and the Giants! She loved her golden retriever Ginger – the most beautiful dog ever!

 

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