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Introducing Principal Donley

Mrs. Donley is a Cincinnati native, having grown up on the West Side of the city, and a graduate of New Richmond High School. She is a proud Bearcat, completing her undergrad at the University of Cincinnati and received her degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

Mrs. Donley brings 17 years of experience in education ranging from classroom teacher to principal. She has served as the Regional Director of Academics for ACCEL Schools and supported Riverside Academy staff, students and parents over the past 3 years. Her current role has been focused on teacher support and development which ultimately leads to student success in and out of the classroom.

“I love the students at Riverside! When I walked into Riverside three years ago, the students made it so easy for me. They motivated me then and continue to motivate me today to work hard, learn and have fun. That’s how we succeed.”

Mrs. Donley really enjoys the comradery with the current group of teachers at Riverside. The team environment developed at Riverside is something she will continue to support.

“All children can and will learn. This is a theme I want to bring to Riverside and something I strongly believe in as an educator.”

Fun Facts
  • Married to her husband Chris for 10 years
  • 3 daughters (Lydia, Natalie and Julianna)
  • Spent 9 years as a classroom teacher
  • Scored 6 points in the staff vs. students basketball game