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Donna Bennett

Donna Bennett teaches Government, Criminal Justice, and Legal Assistant classes.  She has been licensed to practice law since 1986 and has been Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1992.  Prior to teaching at Trinity Valley Community College, Donna was a prosecutor and District Attorney for Henderson County.

Mrs. Bennett and her husband Don Bennett live in Athens with their two children (pictured above) May Flower and Isabel.

Noelle Depperschmidt

After beginning her studies at a community college in Largo, MD, Professor Depperschmidt continued her studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Enthralled by extending her political and cultural studies in Europe, she continued to travel while employed with United Airlines.  After gaining the extraordinary education world travel offers, Ms. Depperschmidt raised her active children in Atlanta, GA and North Central, TX.  Eager to continue her studies, Professor Depperschmidt juggled family with work as a certified aquatic instructor, eventually being inducted into the North Central Texas College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Proceeding as the president of the Eta-Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at Texas Women's University, Ms. Depperschmidt also maintained a membership on the National Dean's List and the Golden Key International Honours Society.  She feels privileged to have had the good fortune of being mentored by exceptional instructors during her graduate studies and is committed to preserving effective, critical-natural-learning environments.  In addition to the special place her family holds, Professor Depperschmidt's pleasure is derived from sharing a valuable appreciation for learning.  Life would not be complete without the discovery of historical and political phenomena!  You can't help but be inspired, and she always enjoys sharing this fascination with Trinity Valley students.   


Donna Godwin

Ms. Godwin began her college career at TVCC where she earned both Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees.   After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History at Texas A&M Commerce, she continued her education at the University of North Texas where she earned a Master of Science degree in Political Science and History.  Her graduate study included in-country research and study in many Central American countries, Cuba, North Africa, and at the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands.  Professor Godwin studied Arabic and Arab culture in Morocco as well. 

Ms. Godwin began her teaching career as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and continued on to teach as an adjunct instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas at Tyler, Dallas Community College, and the Palestine campus of TVCC.  She has now come full circle and returned to her academic home, Trinity Valley Community College, Athens.

Written by:
Wendy Elmore
1/11/2013 10:16:28 AM