• Preschool Teacher
  • Infant Development Specialist
  • General Education Teacher
    • First grade
    • Third grade
  • Special Education Teacher
    • Early Intervention
    • Preschool Special Ed
    • Resource Teacher
    • Self Contained Classroom
    • Co-Teaching Model
  • Special Education Consultant
  • Tutor for students grade 3-8
  • ​Proficient in American Sign Language (ASL)
    • Facilitator of Mommy & Me groups
    • Enrichment Teacher at Preschools
  • Mother of 2 children, one who received Speech and Language Services
  • 1993- Bachelor's of Science in Child Development with an emphasis in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University
  • 1997- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential K-8 with CLAD from San Diego State University
  • 2000- Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Professional Educator Certifications forPreschool Special Education, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Elementary 1-8
  • 2006- Master's of Special Education emphasis in Early Childhood from the University of Maryland, College Park

Experiences...

Credentials...

My name is Debbie. I have been in education for 20 years as a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a teacher trainer, a parent, and a parent consultant.  I am an educational consultant and I created Who’s Learning Now, LLC to help students and their families.  In every teachable moment over the years, someone is learning. Who Is Learning? Was it the child learning? Was it the parent learning about their child? Or was it the teacher learning how to be a better teacher?

  • Clear understanding of the military child from teaching in San Diego and Department of Defense Dependent Schools (Japan and Germany)
  • Teaching Experiences with Co-teaching Model, Response to Intervention (RTI), Inclusion, and Mainstreaming
  • Trained by the San Diego Resource Center (San Diego, CA) in Early Intervention
  • Trained by the Federation of Children with Special Needs (Boston, MA) as a Parent Consultant
  • Contributing Author
    • Sharp, Debra (2015). Chapter 28, Brynn. In N.A.Lowenstein & P. Halloran. Case Studies Across the Health Care Continuum. Slack, Inc., Thorofare, N.J.
    • Sharp, Debra (2015). Chapter 29, Joey. In N.A.Lowenstein & P. Halloran. Case Studies Across the Health Care Continuum. Slack, Inc., Thorofare, N.J.
  • Presentations personally created original material (supported by experience and research) presented to varying audiences​
    • Response to Intervention (2008), Mason Elementary, San Diego, CA
    • Autism in the Classroom (2009), Mason Elementary, San Diego, CA
    • Special Education Teacher and the Occupational Therapist (2013), Boston University, Boston, MA
    • School Readiness: It's More than the ABC's (2016) Hilltop Nursery School, North Reading, MA
    • Kindergarten Readiness (2016) Hallmark Health, Melrose, MA
    • Setting Limits and the Whole Child (2016) Chinese Culture Connections, Malden, MA
  • Current Presenter with The Federation for Children with Special Needs, presenting parent workshops on various special education topics in Massachusett
    • Effective Communication and the IEP
    • Creating A Vision
    • Basic Rights
    • An IEP for my Child
    • Turning 3 Essentials


Highlights...