Donna Schiele | Pursue your Passion
Sometimes when you’re far into your career, you forget about that passion that you had when you were younger. You may have had passion to serve others or a passion for design. You may think it’s too late to pursue your passion, but it’s not! Hope had the opportunity to talk with Donna Schiele, Fishers Junior High School teacher and Radio Personality. Schiele never lost sight of her passion. After getting her education and starting her career, she found it important to not give up hope and decided to pursue her passion as well. HOPE: What is something that many people don’t know about you?
Donna Schiele: A lot of people don’t know that I dance. I’ve danced most of my life and I still teach dance today. I started the dance company seven years ago and it’s still going on strong. It’s an all year activity and we’re having a big show in May.
HOPE: Who is your biggest inspiration?
DS: My biggest inspiration would be any woman who is walking their purpose. Woman doing what God has led them to do. All of them inspire me, I just can’t pinpoint one person.
HOPE: What do you enjoy most about what you do?
DS: On the radio side, I’ve loved radio since I was a kid. I love to entertain, and I love music. Good R&B music, gospel, I love it all. On the school side, I love making a difference in the life of kids, watching them grow and seeing them develop in their potential. I love to see the spark come through them and overall affecting them positively.
HOPE: How did you discover your passion?
DS: Radio is my passion and it is something that I had always did when I was younger. I thought it was something everyone did – play radio. I would record with friends and pretend that they were callers calling on the radio station. It was something fun to do. With teaching, I’ve always been around kids. I think your passion is something that your heart longs to do. When you would do it for free—that’s a passion.
HOPE: What have you learned most about yourself through your career?
DS: I know I can do anything I put my mind too and that it’s never too late. There’s still things I want to do. If you want to do it, do it. I like to remind myself of what I’ve already accomplished. If you put your mind to it and work hard, things will come. That has to be my biggest lesson learned.
HOPE: You started off as an educator and began working as an on-air radio personality. How was the transition? What helped you make that decision?
DS: Long story short, when I went to school I didn’t really have a coach pushing me to major in my passion. I do that for the kids I teach now. I knew to do what was sensible – I was going to do business management – wasn’t a good fit. I ended up getting my education degree, but I still had that passion for radio and entertainment. I then decided to go back to school and pursue radio at 36 years old. I kept reminding myself it’s never too late to go back and do it. I was able to teach and go to school at the same time, which was amazing. I taught during the day and went to school at night. I had the mindset that if you put your mind to it you can do it.
HOPE: Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
DS: One the radio side, I really enjoyed being the producer for Amos Brown. It was my first job in radio and it helped me dive into a market in Indianapolis. With education, I was teacher of the year when I taught in Georgia and also in Fishers.
HOPE: What advice would you give to the younger you?
DS: I would say, follow all of your passions. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it. Do what your heart wants to do. Don’t worry about what people are saying or will say.