Debra Dubsky is a nationally celebrated teacher of the deaf and ASL interpreter known for her accessibility, compassion, unparalleled work ethic and a keen ability to capture teachable moments in her classrooms. Debra is also known for her deep and versatile skill set, her “tool box”, that she can pull out for whatever the situation requires. She strives for meaningful connections to students and parents to plant seeds for academic excellence. The Chicago native graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Deaf Education. She later pursued a Master of Arts in Educational Transformation from George Mason University, graduating in 2001.
With over three decades of deaf education experience, Debra has served as a K-12 teacher at schools in Hawaii and Virginia. Debra began her teaching career at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind teaching K-3 students. At HSDB she acquired Deaf-Blind communications skills and led the language outreach program traveling to other islands to teach families literacy through ASL. After seven years in Hawaii, she moved to Virginia and began teaching Elementary Deaf Education in Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington Counties. In addition, Debra is a highly qualified ASL interpreter and is working toward becoming a cued language transliterator (CLT). She has interpreted in a variety of settings, including at the university level, hospitals, theatrical productions, religious services and educational settings.