Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Deborah Burgess
Family and Consumer Science Teacher
I earned my bachelor’s degree from Aurora University’s George Williams College, Aurora, Ill., in psychology. I went on to obtain teaching credentials from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in family, nutrition, and consumer science and a master’s degree in educational administration from Governor’s State University, Chicago. I am in my 11th year as a family and consumer science teacher and preschool program coordinator at Oswego East High School.
Prior to teaching at Oswego East High School, I was a principal for Meritor Academy. I also held positions of leadership at Children’s World Learning Centers as a kindergarten teacher, educational coordinator and director. I experienced firsthand the day-to-day running of a small business when I was the owner and director of Little People’s Land of Learning in Downers Grove, Ill.
I received the National Teacher of the Year award twice while at Children’s World Learning Center. I have served on national task forces for employee orientation, school age programing, and private kindergarten initiatives. Additionally, I have presented at many conferences including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). My passion is teaching adolescents and young adults about the importance of early childhood.