Donna Farris began her life running through mustard fields and watching the whales migrate on the California coast. She spent her childhood school vacations split between sailing the Pacific Coast, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Cachuma, Coos Bay, and the Houston Bay and skiing the slopes of Provo, Utah. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with her major in Education and a minor in Science from the University of Southern California. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Education with an emphasis on International Education from the same institution. She lived and taught English in an Italian Junior High School in Florence, Italy, where she completed her English as a Second Language Credential. She has a Lifetime Teaching Credential and taught many years in a bilingual classroom. She taught for 37 years in grades Kindergarten-8th and was Middle School Principal for 5 of those years. She also taught a cooking course at the Los Angeles School for the Blind. Despite her many responsibilities in the classroom and in administration, Donna has always sought out learning arts and crafts. She’s skilled in the arts of knitting, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, card-making, and scrapbooking.