About the Author

Debra J. Mines grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.  After graduation from East High School, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading instruction.  Soon after graduation, she married the late Herman C. Mines and enjoyed family life with him and their two children, whom they read to continuously.

During these years Debra J. Mines also graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Reading Supervision and completed all but the dissertation for a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Akron.

Debra J. Mines’ teaching career began in the East Cleveland City Schools and later continued in the Fulton County Schools and the DeKalb County School District in Georgia.  She has taught children to read and write from Kindergarten through ninth grade.  Additional highlights of her career include teaching graduate-level courses as a part-time instructor at Cleveland State University, teaching graduate courses for the Summer Institute for Reading Intervention sponsored by Ohio’s Northeast Regional Professional Development Center, and attaining certification as a National Board Certified Teacher.

Finally, as a professional teacher and life-long learner, she is compelled to learn as much as possible about her students, their cultures and communities.  This desire motivated her to complete programs for the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement and the Gifted In-Field Endorsement.  She enjoys teaching diverse populations of students and looks forward to continuing to share her stories, knowledge and skills to help each child to reach his/her highest potential.

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