About Me

Hello, friends, and welcome to my Google Site! My name is Michael Allen Donaldson and I am excited to begin my second year here at CSHS. Don't be fooled! In spite of my youthful appearance, I am a teacher! In addition to my classroom teaching assignments, I am also the speech and debate coach for China Spring as well as the high school UIL Academic coordinator. I am super excited to be working with you this year, and I can't wait to see what great things we accomplish together.

I am a graduate of Connally High School here in Waco. My high school career was a busy one, as I was actively involved in athletics, band, theatre, and UIL academics. After graduating high school, I was accepted into the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated in three years with a degree in Communication Studies (with a focus in Human Relations) and a minor in Physical Anthropology. While at UT, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 years as an intern at the UIL state office in both the Academics and Theatre departments. Before arriving here at China Spring, I spent 2 years as the speech and debate consultant with Hillsboro High School, where I helped establish a debate team.

I teach Professional Communication Skills, which is a required one semester course for all juniors. In this class we will analyze several aspects of communication and will learn effective speech-making strategies. It is my goal that each student will leave the course with confidence in their public speaking skills. I also teach Public Speaking/Debate, which is a participation-based contest class for students interested in competing on the UIL Speech and Debate team.

This year I will be adding two new courses to my day! I am incredibly excited to begin teaching Independent Study of Speech, a senior level honors course for students interested in diving deeper into the world of communication studies. The class is modeled after an introductory college level speech course, but I have no doubt that the CSHS Class of 2018 will conquer the rigorous material with no problem. I am also happy to announce that I will be teaching one section of Introduction to Journalism - a class that is near and dear to my heart. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. My email is mdonaldson@chinaspringisd.net and I have a conference period each day from 2:45 to 3:34. We are going to have a great year!

CSHS Prom 2017 - fun times with Olivia Pulcine and Alex Perkins.

Class PeriodCourse Time
 1stProfessional Communication Skills8:00 - 8:49 
Professional Communication Skills8:53 - 9:46 
 3rdPublic Speaking/Debate9:50 - 10:39 
 4thPublic Speaking/Debate 10:43 - 11:32
 5thLunch11:32 - 12:02 
 6thIntroduction to Journalism 12:06 - 12:55
 7thIndependent Study of Speech (Honors)12:59 - 1:48 
 8thProfessional Communication Skills1:52 - 2:41 
 9thConference Period2:45 - 3:34