Dr. Debra Burgess has 35 years of experience in the field of ESL/EFL, Foreign Languages, Bilingual Education and Teacher Education. She holds a Masters in Educational Administration and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Multicultural Education. Her experience includes: Spanish teacher, ESL/EFL teacher, university professor, bilingual director, international school administrator, evaluator, staff developer, educational coach, presenter, and grant writer. She has worked and presented in the United States, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. Debra served as a Senior English Language Fellow in Peru where she worked with English Teachers, both pre-service and in-service in collaboration with the Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy. She currently works as a staff developer/consultant and English Language Specialist in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University. Debra has served on California Department of Education compliance, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and Commission for English Accreditation (CEA) review teams.
Debra specializes in teacher professional development and differentiation for stages of teacher careers from novice to veteran teachers. She has worked with teachers across grade levels in bilingual and ELD settings providing mentoring and coaching in classrooms and developing cadres of teacher presenters. Debra has planned and implemented immersion programs, both English and Spanish, for students and teachers. Additionally, she has trained hundreds of teachers in cooperative learning strategies.