A native of Colorado, Debbie is certified as a K-12 art teacher, but loves teaching elementary art! She has been teaching at ARE since the year after it opened, 1999. Before ARE, Debbie taught art at Thornton Elementary and Tarver Elementary. Her favorite part of ARE is the creativity of the students. Outside of ARE, you can find her traveling, cooking and making art. Debbie's favorite kid's books are any picture books with amazing illustrations. She does not have her own kids, but she has two very talented nieces, a grown stepson and a stepdaughter who is starting her first year of high school! She and her husband have a full house with a dog, three cats and three ferrets. One fun fact you might not know about Debbie is that in 2001 she designed and painted the three-wall mural in the tide pool exhibit at the Butterfly Pavilion.
Favorite color: purple
Favorite food: Mexican and Italian
Advice to students: Doodle! It relaxes your brain and helps you learn!