Debra earned her B.S. in Business Education in 1989 from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, and began teaching typing classes in California. In 1998 Debra began teaching Novell Network Administration classes when she began working in High Point, NC. Since she loves learning new things and providing unique options for students, Debra was trained in Microsoft, Red Hat Linux, Oracle Database Programming, Java, and App Inventor--AP Computer Science Principles so that she could offer more options to students. Debra began teaching only Information Technology classes upon transferring to Weaver Academy in 2002. She became National Board Certified in 2003 and earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology from East Carolina in 2006. She also began teaching online at LearnNC in 2006 and helped with the transition from this organization to North Carolina Virtual Public School, where she teaches e-Commerce and AP Computer Science Principles as well. In 2012 she received the NCWIT Aspirations Educator Award and was inducted into the North Carolina Business, Finance, and Information Technology teachers Hall of Fame. Debra loves providing new opportunities for her students, so in 2005-06 she started an FBLA chapter and focused on IT events, where she has had state award winners and national conference competitors every year in IT competitions! Debra was excited to hear about NCWIT and an additional opportunity to really showcase her girls. For several years Debra has provided an introduction to IT to girls through a summer Tech Girls camp for rising Freshman. She has been a member of CSTA for several years and is a founding member of a new North Carolina CSTA chapter. In her free time, Debra enjoys spending time with her three beautiful daughters, her grandson, reading, hiking, and traveling and exploring new places.