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Donna Keller


History: Instructor

Office: L-301J on the Mount Vernon campus

Phone: (360) 416.6517


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Donna Keller

The best way to reach me is by email, You are also welcome to stop by my office Lewis 301 J. 

I teach because I love being with students, I love engaging with crucial issues, and I believe learning can be the most valuable and transformative process for oneself and the broader world. Learning Communities are one of my favorite ways to approach education because of the depth and energy that develops between the content areas and with students. I have been at Skagit Valley College for three years and still pinch myself with how fortunate I am to be here, with incredible teaching/learning opportunities, wonderful collegiality, and rich diversity of faculty, students, and staff. I have also taught courses at Western Washington University including Environmental Sustainability, Environmental History and Ethics, Health Education, and an interdisciplinary Nutrition course.

My Masters of Arts from Antioch University of Seattle is in Whole Systems Design with a focus on the historical context of environmental problems, structures of globalization, and local and global food systems. For my thesis project, I developed a publication on the educational, agricultural and health partnerships of Bainbridge -Ometepe (Nicaragua) Sister Island Association, birthed out of a desire to create a different paradigm than the past century of U.S.- Nicaragua relations. Prior to teaching I conducted environmental hazards education with Public Health – Seattle King County, coordinated cancer research grants for University of Washington, taught nutrition education for Washington State University, and worked and climbed with The Mountaineers. 

Besides discussing, learning about, and working on world issues, my favorite things to do are being at my family’s property on the Cascade River near Marblemount, and being with my husband no matter what we are doing. Summer 2015 included a trip to Ireland, also to England to see my sister and to Germany to visit my father and stepmother. Several years ago I won a trip to Ireland  - ask me about flying on the cliffs :) In my more youthful years I did a school trip to Mexico, and in my mid 30s backpacked through Swizterland, Austria, Italy, and Greece. I grew up in Bellingham and live there now with my wonderful husband and family.  We live in the most beautiful part of the world - Ireland being a close second.   

Classes taught at Skagit Valley College 

  • Global Issues – SOSC 100
  • Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World - IS 202 (online)  
  • World Civilizations II, 1200 to 1800 – HIST 127(face to face and online)
  • U.S. History II, 1815 to 1913 (face to face and online)
  • U.S. History III,1914 to Present (face to face and online)
  • !VIVA! The History of Mexican and Latino Americans – Learning Community
  • FRESH: The Global Politics of Water - Learning Community  
  • "Heal the Whole World: Communicating about Global Health" – Learning Community 

Spring Class Schedule