Mrs. Donna Cook, Principal

Phone: 704-290-1520


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Donna Cook, Principal

Mrs. Donna Cook is the principal of Marvin Ridge High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC-Charlotte where she participated in the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program as an undergraduate. Mrs. Cook returned to UNC-Charlotte for her graduate work, and completed her Master's degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy. Her additional areas of certification include administration, supervision, and AIG.

Mrs. Cook began her career in Union County Public Schools as a teacher, and has held the following positions during her tenure with the school system:

Teacher, Wesley Chapel Elementary, 1993-1997
AIG Teacher, Unionville Elementary, 1997-1999
Assistant Principal, Unionville Elementary, 1999-2001
Principal, Unionville Elementary, 2001-2006
Principal, Rea View Elementary, 2007-2014
Principal, Marvin Ridge High School, June 2014-present

Highlights of her professional career include the following:
Teacher of the Year, Wesley Chapel Elementary, 1996-97
Union County Math Teacher of the Year, 1999
Odyssey of the Mind Coach, Unionville Elementary, 1999-2001
Unionville Elementary, National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, 2001
Comprehensive Literacy Model Summer Institute, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2003
Principals' Executive Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004-2005
Girls on the Run Coach, Unionville Elementary, 2006
World View Global Education Leaders Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006
World View International Study Visit in India, 2007
College Board Study Visit to China, 2010
Summer Reading Institute with Columbia University/Teachers' College Reading & Writing Project, July 2011
International Study Visit to Senegal, June/July 2012
Principal of the Year, Union County Public Schools 2011-2012
Professional Learning Communities Symposium, July 2012
International Baccalauareate Head of School Training, December 2014

Team China Teaching Exchange Leader- Nanjing China, Summer 2016

Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a wide range of professional development opportunities, and is passionate about being a life-long learner. 

Mrs. Cook is married to Bill Cook, who served as the founding principal of Marvin Ridge High School and is currently a superintendent of schools in South Carolina.  She has two stepsons, Cameron & Grant.  Cameron is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee.  Grant is an alumnus of Marvin Ridge and the University of South Carolina.  He currently works as a banker in Winston-Salem, NC.  Mrs. Cook enjoys time with her family and friends, travel, cooking, running, biking, hiking, boating, reading, and photography.