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Always With a Smile

Known for her cheery disposition and kind heart, TCS Clinic Assistant, Donna MacNichol, has been a beloved member of The Christ School team since she began her role in 2009. An Orlando native, Donna graduated from Edgewater High School.  “After high school, I attended Valencia College on a full scholarship for voice,” says Donna.  “After two years, I realized I needed something else as I watched friends of mine go on to perform and travel. I knew that was not the life for me; I wanted to settle in a home with children. I could go on and finish my degree in teaching, but I didn’t see myself as a teacher at that time.  I decided to go to Medical Assisting School at Winter Park Vo. Tech, and graduated with honors. Afterward, I worked for a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for two years, then at Pediatric Associates of Orlando until I became a mother.  I feel that working for these two types of doctors was part of God’s plan to bring me to The Christ School.  I learned a lot from both of them, and I am able to use that knowledge in my role here.”

“In 1995, I married my high school sweetheart, Nick,” she says. Together, they have two children, Zack, who attends UCF as a Mathematics Major with a minor in Creative Writing, and Ashlyn (TCS Class of 2017), a freshman in the Theatre Magnet program at Dr. Phillips High School. They also have three Boxers, Bella Layla, Zena Scarlet, and Rory Jane. “They bring so much joy to our home,” she says. Donna enjoys attending musical theater performances and spending time with her family.

“The best part of my job at TCS is taking care of my TCS children,” she says. “I love each of them as my own. They are my fuel each day. I love our conversations. I could write a book of things we talk about.”

Donna shares her favorite Bible verse, which she says changes with each season of her life.
1) If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2) If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7) If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
                                                                           – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (The Message Bible)

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