Program Director, PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale
Deb is a history buff and prior to their move here she and her family visited Virginia six times! While always a learning experience, sometimes their excursions have unexpected turns! One of Virginia’s popular attractions is Montpelier, the home of James Madison. In 1901 William DuPont purchased the home, adding twenty-two rooms to the original 33. When his daughter passed away she bequeathed Montpelier to the National trust for Historic Preservation instructing that it be returned to its original state. The day the Scott family arrived it had been reduced to its bare nubbins in preparation for the reconstruction phase!
On an earlier visit to Virginia, the Scott family headed to Gettysburg. Walking into the Visitor’s Center a slew of grey coated re-enactors flooded out the door. They picked up a map and headed out for the driving tour of the battlefield. Her daughter noticed the scouts and suddenly they realized that they were in the middle of the 150th anniversary re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge, the historic mile-long march that was the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg.
In 1994 the Deb and her husband drove to Nauvoo, Illinois only to discover they were witnessing the 150th commemoration of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, the Prophet and Patriarch of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Expecting a sleepy summer day taking in the site, they were caught up in the midst of great crowds who had gathered for a significant celebration. The Carthage jail had been painstakingly restored in honor of the sesquicentennial!
Just as significant milestones have had a predominant place in Deb’s travels, she also marked PHILLIPS 50th Anniversary by joining the leadership team!
She brings a wide range of special education expertise and received her BA in Education/Special Education and MA in Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Drake University
Deb loves to dive into a good mystery and a perfect day is a day spent in an art museum. She sees the beauty in every music genre.