Ellen Donahue joined the Buffett Institute in 2019 as an educational facilitator. She works with Cody and Sandoz Elementaries in the Millard school district. Donahue provides on-site support to elementary school leaders and teachers, enhancing teaching and learning in preschool – third grade classrooms. She also supports teachers through professional development workshops and coaching as part of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Donahue has over 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator, teaching in South Bend, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; and Chicago before returning to her hometown in Omaha. She also served as an adjunct professor at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. As an educator, Donahue has focused on the use of data and observation to drive teacher instruction and improve student performance. She is trained in Responsive Classroom and mindfulness techniques for the purpose of developing students’ social and emotional growth. Donahue earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in American studies with a minor in educational policy, as well as a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Notre Dame. While obtaining her master’s, Donahue was a member of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program that places teachers in under-resourced schools across the country.