Uli Donohue - Co-Chair
Uli Donohue has been involved in education in one way or another for most of her life. She was born and raised in Germany and in 1995 graduated from the premier Irish independent day and boarding school, St. Columba’s College,in Dublin,Ireland. She followed her natural talents and completed a BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in 1998–graduating top of her class. This was followed by a European Masters (MSc) in Astronomy also from NUIG, with semesters in Oporto, Portugal, and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From the skies Uli came back down to Earth and completed a PhD in Physical Oceanography at the University of Southampton in the UK. This latest adventure led her to work and live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts for three years, carrying out postdoctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, focusing on the computer modeling of ocean circulation phenomena and climate. She collaborated with a team lead by researchers at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and travelled far and wide to present her research at national and international conferences.
In 2007 she followed her heart and returned to Ireland for two years as a high school teacher for math and science at St. Columba’s College in Dublin. During this time, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), the Irish certification for secondary school teachers, at Trinity College in Dublin. Another call of the heart brought her back to the US and to Vermont in 2009, when she got married to her first husband. The same year, she started teaching at the Okemo Mountain School (OMS) as a math and science teacher, eventually acting as the Head of the Science Department for about 8 years. During her time at OMS Uli taught a large variety of classes focusing primarily on High School and Advanced Placement classes such as AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics,and occasionally AP Economics. A desire for change, a new challenge, and to sell her own house, lead Ulito become licensed as a real estate agent in Vermont in 2018 when she started working for Engel & Volkers in Ludlow. Uli has enjoyed extensive involvement in the community of Ludlow. She acted as the treasurer of the Ludlow Farmers’ Market for 5 years and together with the Farmers Market she co-sponsors the John Donohue Memorial Scholarship awarded to a Black River HS Graduate since 2012 in memory of her first husband.Uli is excited to be on the board of trustees of the Black River Independent School Committee and to see the project to open an independent school in Ludlow pick up pace. She is looking forward to contributing to the development of a vibrant and viable local community of educators and students.