Deborah Chabi EDUCATION • M.A. in Secondary Science Education Roosevelt University
• B.S. in Biological Science Northern Illinois University
ENROLLED • Cohort 3
LOCATION • East Dundee, Ill.
Being an educator is something that chose Deborah Chabi. She began her teaching profession as a preschool teacher as she did not want to be away from her young daughter. That job changed her life. Learning how to make lesson plans and create activities to keep her classes engaged often included being outside working on science experiments. Lessons learned from preschool children are used today with Deborah’s high school students at Dundee Crown High School where she taught biology, physical and environmental science. Additionally, teaching environmental science as given Deborah a love for the Fox River. The reason the Ed.D. program is attractive to her is that the breadth of study will allow her to take her natural interests and abilities to connect with broad set areas of her life. This will include teaching classes and her continued work with Friends of the Fox River and the McNamee Foundation. Another reason for her deep love of northern Wisconsin is due to her grandparents who live in Stevens Point and are the reason that Deb has come to love Northern Wisconsin. Her grandfather, Bob Williams was a professor at UW-Stevens Point and an influence in her becoming a teacher and her desire for creating a sustainable world. While reading Orr’s book, Earth in Mind, Deborah really connected with the quote “all education is environmental education” (Orr, 12). As an environmental educator Deb looks at life through the lens of deep ecology. All living things have value. How will the Earth look in 20 or 30 years? Deb’s thoughts revolve around animal sentience, the Earth and soil, local politics, and the notion of patriotism not being tied to the love of the land currently, as well as new climate and sustainability change makers.
Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
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