Darcy McDonnell
Waxhaw, NC
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Darcy McDonnell

Darcy M.

Waxhaw, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have a wealth of experience working with students on reading and writing, and working with English language learners (children and adults). I enjoy helping others improve their English skills whether for academic, testing, or personal goals.

About Darcy M.

I am a Charlotte-based teacher. If you would like me to travel further than my travel range, please get in touch and we can probably figure out an arrangement.

I recently moved from Chicago, where I was a faculty member at a large Montessori school, working with children ages 3-12. I hold an MA from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and I previously taught and tutored in Chicago and the surrounding area for ten years. I am also a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University and National Merit Scholar.

I see all students as individuals, with unique strengths, needs and personality. I pride myself in being adaptable to different learning styles, and an upbeat, positive person. I teach a variety of ages, levels, and subjects: my experience ranges from kindergarten reading instruction to college essay support; from academics and languages to music and dance; and from large public school classes to private lessons. I invest a lot in my students and get to know each of them personally.

With each of my students, we begin with a discussion about goals and expectations. From me, you can expect flexibility, clear communication, and encouragement. Feel free to get in touch with a question!


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5 Reviews
Silvana I.
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My husband and I both took lessons from Darcy and she was a great teacher with fantastic curriculum and very accommodating. Very happy with her and how our dance came out.

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Minhaj Khan
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Darcy is very professional and very easy going and willing to change course when required. She is working not only with my daughter but also keep me posted on her progress. My daughter likes her style and I have seen improvements with my daughter grades... Yes, I will certainly recommend her to anyone.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Patty P.
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Great instructor. A great help.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
Nasrin G.
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Darcy is great! Very enthusiastic, always on time and very professional. She cares about her lessons. Recommend!

Posted Jul 20, 2015
Jen L.
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Darcy is a warm, thoughtful, patient teacher. She has a very calm demeanor and connected immediately with my 11 year old daughter. She gave each lesson 110% and I highly recommend her.

Posted Mar 3, 2015

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Drama & Arts Specialist
Jun 2021 - Present

Omni Montessori School

In the upcoming school year, I will be working with students from grades 1-9 on creative drama and performances.

Teaching Artist
Jun 2021 - Present

Children's Theatre of Charlotte

I teach programs focused on drama and art to a range of ages.

Drama/Arts Teacher
Jan 2018 - Present

Near North Montessori School

I teach students ages 3-12 in classes that integrate arts, involving collaborative story development. I devise, write, and produce original plays and films with elementary students, and have worked directly in primary and elementary classrooms. During the pandemic, I developed an innovative approach to co-curricular subjects in a distance-learning format and led acclaimed virtual classes.

Oct 2016 - Jan 2020

Chegg Tutors

I tutored students in various subjects, primarily writing. Lessons ranged from beginning and structuring an essay to revising and proofreading.

Associate Education Director
May 2017 - Jan 2018

Mudlark Theater

I managed educational drama programming at 20+ schools and taught drama to students in grades K-3 as the resident drama teacher in a Montessori school.

Teaching Artist
Oct 2013 - Jan 2018

Mudlark Theater

I taught drama enrichment programs and summer camps in which students wrote their own plays and developed stories as an ensemble, while honing skills in performance, physical theatre and design.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

I taught after-school drama enrichment programs in which Kindergarten and first grade students wrote their own stories and performed them along with two musical numbers in a final showcase. I also developed and ran summer camps.

Teaching Artist
Dec 2015 - Jun 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company

I worked with third through sixth grade classes to explore themes from and adapt novels they read in their English classes into scripts and performances.

English/Reading Tutor
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015

Private Family

I tutored bilingual French children ages eight and three in reading and incorporated English vocabulary into creative play.


Master of Arts in Applied Theatre and Drama Education
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre)
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014

Northwestern University

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

IES Abroad, Arles, France



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Leverhulme Trust Award
Apr 2017

Leverhulme Trust at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Aurand Harris Award for Excellence in Children's Theatre
Jun 2014

Northwestern University

William and Loretta Allen Endowed Scholarship
Jun 2012

Northwestern University

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Jun 2010

State of Illinois

Page McCloud Scholarship for Theatre
Jun 2010

Batavia High School

Grand Concours Regional French Award
Jun 2010

Grand Concours Examination

National Merit Scholarship
Jun 2010

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Kane County Chronical Achievement Award
Jun 2010

Kane County Chronicle

Communication Century Scholar
Jun 2010

Northwestern University


Delta Epsilon Iota
Dec 2012
Delta Epsilon Iota is the bridge between outstanding students and Career Services. Since our inception, Delta Epsilon Iota’s mission has been to educate members about career development, encourage academic excellence, and promote the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life. Over the years, the Society has embraced these values and is now one of the leading academic honor societies serving higher education. Membership is comprised of outstanding scholars attending many of the finest educational institutions in the country. Organizational vision and cutting edge resources have made the Delta Epsilon Iota name synonymous with leadership and academic excellence.

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