Debra is a native of Charleston, SC and worked in the corporate world for twenty plus years as a Programmer Analyst, solving business problems and developing software solutions in a variety of industries. Along the way, she wrote user manuals, developed and presented training sessions to teach her customers the computer systems they needed, and taught many, many people in individual and classroom settings. She also taught computer literacy at the community college level and Algebra and Pre-Calculus at the high school level.
First trained in Computer Science and Computer Programming at her local technical college, she tutored fellow students in Accounting, was awarded Best Student Writer, Who's Who in Two Year Colleges and was asked to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Two Year Colleges.
Developing an interest in Physics and Mathematics mid-career, she completed her bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics at the College of Charleston. While taking these classes, Debra tutored fellow students in Calculus III and was named an Outstanding Student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; after graduation, the results of her senior research project became the impetus for a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal.
Over the course of her career, Debra developed a love of teaching and tutoring. To Debra, one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching is seeing the smile on the face of a student beaming with comprehension!
Debra believes that education is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and is a constant learner herself. She also believes strongly that kids need literacy in multiple subjects today to compete in the global marketplace; in particular, they need math, computer science, writing skills and a good background in history and science.