Bernadette Donovan

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    Molloy College was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of St. Dominic.  As a Dominican Sister, it is my privilege to continue the work of my predecessors in celebrating the Dominican Charism of excellence in education based upon the Four Pillars of Dominican life: spirituality, study, service and community.         

  • Academic Interests

    Research in Special Education and students for whom English is not their primary language.

    Equity and social justice issues for these groups of students.

  • What I am working on

    Committee on preparing Proposal for Doctoral Program

  • Educational Philosophy

    Education and ethics are inseparable.  Mind and spirit are God-given and need to be used for the greater good of all.

  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. Administration and Supervision, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York
    • P.D. Administration and Supervision, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York
    • M.S. Special Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
    • M.A. English / Secondary Education, Hunter College, City University of New York
    • B.A. English / Education, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York, (Degree awarded Cum Laude). Seminary of the Immaculate Conception - Professional Development, Theology 24 credits


    • New York State: Teacher of Special Education                                    
    • New York State: School Administrator and Supervisor                        
    • New York State: Teacher of English - Grades 7 through 12                

    Continuing Education

    Additional studies were completed in Multiple Intelligences Theory at Harvard University under the direction of Howard Gardner.  Received Educational Grants  at Creighton University, Nebraska and State University at Albany.

    Sheehan, K., Donovan, B. & Blair, M. Practicing what we preach: Making the co-teaching model come alive in the college classroom. Insights on Learning Disabilities. 7(2), 31-42.

    Donovan, B., Honigsfeld, A., & Cohan, A. The four pillars of the Catholic Dominican tradition:  How they support reflective dispositions in a teacher preparation program. Journal of Christian Education. 52 (1), 56-63.

  • Additional Information

    Only a teacher has the ability to influence so many others - children, adolescents, and parents.  To teach is a vocation! It far exceeds any job or profession.

    Has presented at national conferences such as Northeastern Educational Research Association and Dominican Colleges Colloquiums

    Administered New York State Education Department Grant re: special education