About Me

Hello, friends, and welcome to my Google Site! My name is Michael Allen Donaldson and I am excited to begin my third 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. Additionally, I also teach Introduction to Debate and Varsity Debate, which are participation-based contest classes for students interested in competing on the UIL Speech and Debate team. I also serve as the instructor for Independent Studies in Speech, which is a senior-level honors course that studies the rhetoric of popular culture.

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 2018 - fun times with Mark Stephens, a quality human being.