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Deborah Simons

Tumtum (preschool) Teacher (

Deborah is in her third year on staff at The Gardner School, and teaches our youngest Gardner students in the Tumtum classroom. 

Growing up in Kennewick, WA as the middle child of five, Deborah learned the importance of embracing individual differences, working together as a team, and enjoying the simple moments of life. At age thirteen, Deborah’s little sister was born, giving her ample opportunity to teach, love and care for a small child, which has become her life long passion.  

In 2003, Deborah graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and an endorsement in English as a Second Language. She accepted a third grade teaching position the following fall. During this time, Deborah married an amazing, supportive husband, Jonny, and soon after they both welcomed Deborah’s little sister into their home, then 11 years old.  After five years of teaching first and third grades, Deborah resigned from teaching to the joys of being a mom of her first son. In the years following, Deborah cared for other children in addition to her own three adorable boys. Deborah transitioned back into teaching during the 2016-2017 school year, working in the Mazama classroom.

In her spare time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, camping, hiking, and healthy cooking.

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