Donna Van Toen is a teaching/consulting astrologer based in Toronto, Canada. She has been a full-time professional since 1976. She is the author of two books --- The Mars Book (revised edition due out in late 2011 from AFA) and The Astrologer's Node Book --- plus numerous articles in a number of publications. She is also book reviewer for NCGR Memberletter. Donna has lectured extensively throughout North America as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey, and is known for her clarity, common sense, and wit. She holds certifications from NCGR, ISAR, and CAAE.
Donna has been active in AFAN as a Steering Committee member and presiding officer and currently serves as an advisor to both AFAN and NCGR. She has also served two terms on the UAC Board. Additionally, she is founder and convener of SOTA (State of the Art Astrology Conference), an annual international astrology conference currently based in Niagara Falls, NY.
Kepler Instructors are chosen for their expertise in academic and astrological knowledge and for their ability to effectively teach what they know to others in an online environment.
They must be able to produce quality instructional materials that enhance learning by using multiple strategies and approaches. They need to understand how to work with students remotely, and to develop the trust and respect of their students and colleagues.
They also need to stay up-to-date on new developments and examine the interplay of the new and old. And they must be willing acknowledge their own biases so they can present their students with multiple perspectives.