La Donna Unrein is originally from Colorado, but she moved to Arizona 30 years ago. Before she was a teacher, she worked as an accountant. However, she soon felt the need for a change.
“I had always enjoyed the training function of my job,” said Unrein. “That’s what drew me to teaching.”
Unrein attended AIMS Community College, where she received her associate’s degree She also went to Ottawa University and got her post-master’s degree in counseling. She then went to NAU and got her MED and a degree in Education Psychology. Lastly, she went to Western International University, where she received her BS in accounting, her MBA, and a degree in management.
Unrein has been teaching at Carl Hayden for three years. She is currently teaching Business and Career and Technical Education to freshmen. Unrein has taught all high school levels and she has no desire to change that.
“I prefer high schools,” said Unrein.
Prior to teaching at Carl Hayden, Unrein worked at Bostrom for three years. She also worked at Maryvale for a year. She has taught at Tolleson High School for three years, as well. Unrein even taught at a juvenile correction facility for three years.
Although she enjoys teaching, Unrein has had an incident in her teaching career that she wants to forget. She once substituted at a high school where they had a bomb threat! She was very freaked out.
“They had to evacuate the school,” she said. “It was chaos.”
Unrein has enjoyed her experience at Carl Hayden very much. Although she would like to try school counseling, she has no immediate plans to leave Carl Hayden.
“I’m happy teaching where I’m at,” said Unrein.
Unrein’s words of advice to students are… “Figure out a passion, and find a way to make it a career.”
By Maria Alvarez