Donald Willis

DonaldWillis M.S,
“An Advocate for Public Education and Equality for all”
Donald Willis M.S.   is a culturally relevant and responsive special educator that has been teaching for LAUSD since 2001. He is an award winning teacher leader and facilitator that is a noted conference presenter infusing the arts, hip hop culture, music, and curriculum to provide engaging instructional models for students and teachers.
As a United Teachers of Los Angeles Chapter Chair, Donald has organized parents, teachers and students in actions against the assaults on public education. He currently serves as the Gay and Lesbian Issues Committee Chair that provides networking, advocacy, outreach, education and support for LGBT educators, professionals, parents and students.
As a community advocate he participates in organizations that promotes the equality and equity for the Black LGBT community. He has presented at the In the Meantime Men’s Group LMU,  and serves on the Board for the Justin/Rustin Coalition.  He has organized marches, raised funds, facilitated counseling groups, and participated in many outreach campaigns.
Donald is a creative and performing artist that blends various styles and genres of music and theater. He is a organizer facilitator, and performer of the Soulful Salon, Art Pod, ATBLA, and many other organizations . He is a featured gospel artist at the June Cobb Church of Religious Science, AGAPE, Unity Fellowship Church,  and is featured music minister at many progressive  liberation ministries.
Donald is a native of Los Angeles County and currently lives in Signal Hill, CA. He has been teaching Kick Boxing and other aerobics for 24 hour Fitness since 2003 and enjoys creative writing, music, dancing, song writing, jogging on the beach, and reading engaging media. He loves to spend time with his family, enjoys attending August Wilson plays, and is a world traveler.

Educational Leadership & Activities
Cimarron Ave ES Chapter Chair ( 2006),
NEA RA Local Delegate (2007)
NEA & CTA GLBT Caucas Member (2007)
Co-Chair Gay & Lesbian Issues Committee (2009)
House of Representatives (2007)
PACE Committee Member (2008)
Special Education Teacher (2001),
AEMP Facilitator & GSAT Leader (2007)
AEMP Directors Award Recipient (2008)
(April 2009) AEMP Most Improving School Award , AEMP Facilitator
Community Involvement
(December 2003 - Present) Member & Presenter, In the Meantime Men’s Group, Inc.
(December 2008- Present) Board of Director, Jordan Rustin Coalition
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Kappa Delta Sigma Chapter
Creative & Performing Arts
(September 2004 -Present) Organizer Facilitator & Performer Soulful Salon
(June 1992- Present) Gospel Musician, June Cobb Church of Religious Science
Unity Fellowship Movement
(December 2004 - Present) After School Enrichment Instructor, Academics, Arts, & Fitness
(July 2003- Present) 24 Hour Fitness Aerobics Instructor: Turbo Kick Boxing, Step, etc.
(July 2008- Present) Art Pod Member, featured creative & performing artist
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