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I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in History. I love History and Politics. My insatiable curiosity for the world around me and my love for history and events led me to a career in journalism and photo-journalism.

After the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the world witnessed events like the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and a brutal war that followed, a coup in Haiti, historic elections in South Africa, and horrific violence in Rwanda. I was determined to witness and document history and as a Journalist, I did. I was incredibly fortunate to have these amazing experiences, it shaped who I am and provided me with great insight and perspective. I worked with news and humanitarian organizations and eventually began writing and documenting humanitarian emergencies in the U.S. and overseas.

Throughout my career I have taught and mentored students. I taught high school, where I designed and implemented a curriculum for Journalism. I have continued to write and teach. I recently received a certificate from Georgetown University for Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. I am most passionate about Writing, History and Reading, but what I love most is connecting with students. I believe critical thinking skills are fundamental to succeeding in any subject and each and every endeavor in life. We all have innate abilities. I know every student is capable of much more than they even know.

Debbi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelor of Science, History

Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Unknown, TEFL/TESOL


Journalism, Writing, Documentary photography, Photojournalism, Mentoring, and Advocacy.

Tutoring Subjects


College English

College Essays

College Level American History



Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American History



Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization