Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Donna Pabst

Meet Dr. Donna Pabst

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Educational Technology (University of Northern Colorado)
  • M.A., Educational Technology (University of Northern Colorado)
  • B.A., Elementary Education (Oregon State University)
  • B.A., Early Childhood Education (Iowa State University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Donna Pabst has been blessed during her life to have lived and worked on the east and west coasts, the Midwest, Canada, and France. Pabst and her family have now been in beautiful Colorado for over 25 years. Her career began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working with the Head Start program. After her son and daughter were born and a move to Oregon, Pabst again worked in early childhood and then opened a needlework business.

After almost 14 years in private business and the loss of her son, she decided to rethink her career once more. She attended Oregon State and received a post-baccalaureate in elementary education. Soon after, Pabst moved to Colorado where she taught intermediate students in a multi-age setting, and began working on her master's and doctorate degrees in Educational Technology at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). After completing those degrees, she began working for UNC as a professor and project manager of the Educational Technology department's PT3 grant (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology).

After Dr. Pabst semi-retired in 2007, she began teaching science and math for elementary pre-service teachers in the Department of Education as well as Instructional Technology for Curriculum & Instruction Education for CCU.

Pabst has used technology a great deal during her life as a teacher. One of her proudest accomplishments is that her multi-age classroom had the first classroom website in the state of Colorado. Pabst has found technology to be a wonderful support mechanism for her students.

In addition to teaching CCU classes, she also volunteers for a local elementary school, supporting teachers with testing and working with students who need extra support with reading and math. She is also highly involved with a retired teachers' group who work to support education unencumbered by politics and corporate America.

Pabst and her husband, Bill, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, traveling, and spending time outdoors taking in the beauty of God's treasures. They share their home with two cats and a dog who enriches their lives daily.