If you wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. (Arapajo Proverb)
Deborah enjoys creating venues that challenge others to "wonder often." One of her favorite methods is to provide children and adults in southern Illinois and Indiana opportunities to view planets, star clusters and nebulae through the 15" Dobsonian telescope she obtained through a grant for the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC). Deborah and her husband are active members of the Evansville Astronomical Society. This organization is part of the NASA Nightsky Network and sponsors numerous outreach programs for school children and the public. Starting a space science club for fourth and fifth graders and helping the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science plan and implement Astronomy Day events are additional ways Deborah shares the excitement and wonder of space exploration.
A veteran teacher, Deborah is currently the Science Resource Facilitator for her county where she provides on-going professional development for educators. She is an advocate for science education reform and a presenter at local, state and national events. She serves as education consultant to NASA Space Science Center for Education and Outreach at DePaul University in Chicago and is their southwest Indiana liaison. Deborah is a 2002 alumna of the two-week NASA Educator Workshop at the Kennedy Space Center. She was also chosen to be in the 2001 and 2002 educator/scientist program provided by the DePaul University Space Science Center. The summer of 2003 she participated in the Mars K-12 National Educator Workshop at Cocoa Beach, Florida. Her wish list includes opportunities to meet a moonwalker, participate in a SOFIA mission and pursue her interest in archeoastronomy.