As Senior Program Manager, Douna is responsible for establishing relationships with organizations that serve children and youth ages 4-18 in Atlanta so they can participate in the programming at the Reading Center. She creates, manages and oversees all of the Atlanta Center’s programs.
What I like most about my job:
“We work with many community partners that serve children affected by instability. And one of the best things I like about my job is meeting all of the wonderful, real-life super heroes in our community, doing the hard and important work of caring for, teaching, providing food and shelter, or a listening ear to those most vulnerable to instability – our children.”
Douna has been in the field of education since 2002. Before that, her “first career” was in Information Technology (IT). She worked in IT at the national headquarters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but she thought her talents were best suited for interacting directly with people rather than computers. She taught as a volunteer in the evenings at a large Spanish-speaking community center in northeast Atlanta for two years, then decided to go all-in: she returned to school and earned her Masters in Education in 2007. Douna then taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the U.S. and Japan. She assisted in developing ESL curricula for a private language school in the metro Atlanta area, and also taught early education at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta as a member of the inaugural staff of teachers using the Read Right from the Start instruction strategies developed by the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy.
Douna earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Strayer University.