Debbie websiteFrederick Buechner defines vocation as the place where one’s deep joy meets the world’s deep need.  I am grateful to have found my vocation in the Augustine Literacy Project.  The Project’s slogan is “Tutor one child. ~ Change two lives.”  I have the joy of seeing that truth lived out time and time again as Augustine tutors teach economically and academically disadvantaged students to read, write and spell.

Before being hired as ALP executive director in 2000, I taught music at Durham Academy for 16 years (with a wonderful transition year as a special student at Duke Divinity School in between).  I received a B.A. summa cum laude from Sweet Briar College in 1977, majoring in history and minoring in music.  My Orton-Gillingham  training was taught by AOGPE Fellow, Patricia Langston.

My husband, David, is a nuclear engineer and a first rate human being.  He and I were high school sweethearts from Lynchburg, VA.  We married in 1977 and have a daughter, Courtney; a son, Alex; and two grandchildren, Anna Grace and Miles David.  We have been members of Holy Family Church for more than 20 years.