Biography

Donna Saide has taught in the lower school at Columbus Academy since 2004 and has been in her current role teaching third grade since 2015. She is also involved with the math committee, afterschool homework club, and summer PreK camp. She has also taught grades K-3 at Academy and has previously served as the lower school diversity community coordinator. Prior to joining Academy, Donna taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for a combined 10 years at Bow Elementary School in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Notre Dame College where she earned a B.A. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in elementary reading. Donna resides in Columbus with her son Shea and husband David Holmes, along with their pet Chihuahua, Estelle.

Donna’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy
“I love that we are a 3-year-old-12th grade campus. I’m so fortunate to work with PreK students during the summer, and then basically watch them grow up here! I adore seeing and talking with former students every day on our magnificent campus.”

Little-known fact
“Many know, but some may not know that I’ve been drummer for 30 years. My husband, who plays guitar and I just built a small recording studio in our home.”

Favorite sports teams
“Being from New England, I love the Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and the Celtics.”

Education
  • B.A. Notre Dame College , Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. Notre Dame College , Interdisciplinary Studies; Elementary Reading concentration