Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science Degree in Liberal Studies  Supplementary Degree in Mathematics.  Teacher’s credential with the emphasis in CLAD.   NCLB Certified   Extra unit classes in Art and computer technology.

Mrs. Debbie Lawheed

I was born in New York and moved to California when I was 12.  I moved to Santa Cruz and lived there most of my life until 18 years ago when I married a wonderful man, I moved to Ventura County.  I have raised three beautiful children and have two step-children.  My new husband and I adopted two pre-teens that were brother and sister. 

I have taught in the Pleasant Valley School District for 15 years.  I have taught Kindergarten for the last 12 years now.  I love this age group the best.  What I like best about my job is that I get to laugh every day and it is such an exciting adventure, no day being the same as the last.

Education and Certifications:

-Bachelors of Science Degree in Liberal Studies
-Supplementary Degree in Mathematics. 
-Teacher’s credential with the emphasis in CLAD. 
-NCLB Certified  
-Extra unit classes in Art and computer technology.

Professional Experience: 

I have worked in the educational arena since 1989 and have taught in grades level from Kindergarten through 8th grade, except 1st.  Prior to teaching, I was an office manager in a doctor’s office, bookkeeper for a grocery store chain and a server at a restaurant. 

Professional Organizations:

I have been involved in facilitating speech meets, science fairs, and Earth Day events, and on the leadership committee for several years.  I was also involved with the NASA Jason Project for 4 years. 

Awards and Grants:

I won an award for storytelling in college and was given a grant to teach Pre-algebra to At-Risk students in a middle school for one year.  I also received a grant to attend a National Energy Education Development (NEED) conference for a week.

Special Interests:

I love the outdoors so I enjoy camping, taking walks on the beach, hiking, bicycling and playing tennis.  I love going to the theater, reading, drinking coffee, and going to fancy restaurants.