Donalda Surla

Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, University of Strathclyde

Donalda Surla is in her 19th year of teaching English and Drama at Rio Vista High School, in Northern California. Various roles throughout her teaching tenure include Domestic Exchange Coordinator, Gay/Straight Alliance advisor, and Staff Committee for Student Wellness founder. She is committed to bringing new experiences and resources to her under-served rural community. Donalda loves travel, food, genealogy, the Chicago Cubs, and her dog. She shares those passions with her husband and daughter. 

Donalda’s inquiry project focuses on the ways the Scottish initiative called “Getting Right for Every Child,” seeks to better the wellbeing of children and young people. She hopes to gather data concerning successful structures and strategies that could be replicated upon returning home, improving outcomes for students in the California Delta.