David Donaldson


National Center for Grow Your Own

David Donaldson is the founder of the National Center for Grow Your Own. He was the lead author on the approved application by the U.S. Department of Labor to federally recognize the “K-12 teacher” and “K-12 principal” occupation as eligible for registered apprenticeship. His "Grow Your Own" and registered apprenticeship in teaching work in Tennessee was recognized by The White House, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor. Previously, David served as the Chief of Human Capital at the Tennessee Department of Education. He has been a teacher in Baltimore, principal in Detroit and administrator in New York City. His goal is to create a world where an aspiring educator can become a teacher for free and get paid to do so.