First Name

Deborah

Last Name

Kula

Bio

Deborah earned her B.Ed (Secondary Mathematics) and M.Ed. (School Leadership) from the University of Hawai`i. She enjoyed the computer science courses that were a part of her undergraduate degree – and this led to her first career: computer operator, programmer and systems analyst at United Bank and then Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Giant Food in Landover, Maryland, and finally Foodland in Honolulu, Hawai`i. But the drive and passion to teach mathematics was strong, and she traded in her coding pad and punched cards for a chalkboard. Joining the faculty at Sacred Hearts Academy in 1985 was transformational. The all-girl school offered a one-semester Intro to Computers class (with the Commodore 64) which she taught in addition to math classes. Over the years, she helped expand opportunities for her students to experience the rewards of pursuing science, math, and technology. Developing and team teaching “Exploring Earth and Space with Technology” with science teacher, Nancy Rocheleau, back in 1994 meant guiding and discovering with students along the fledgling Internet (not yet the super information highway of today). Coaching the math team and mentoring the programming team as the school joined the FIRST Robotics movement with FRC competition, developing a Digital Engineering course and coaching multiple CyberPatriot (computer network security) and Real World Design Challenge teams, and advising and instructing the Girls Who Code Club ensure that Deborah continues to model life-long learning while demonstrating the joys that hard work, persistence, and positive attitudes bring. Her students are bright, enthusiastic, determined, and exploring and creating opportunities in STEM fields.