Debra Skarsten

Hello! My name is Debbie Skarsten and I am an EL teacher at Lakeview Junior High and Pickerington High School North. I am passionate about this subject and try to use my real life experience to help me do the best job I can as teacher of students who are learning English as a new language. I have been a second language learner myself. I was a high school exchange student and knew three words of my new language when I landed in country. I started school just a few weeks later and remember well how it felt to be in that situation. I have also parented several children who joined our family through adoption and are new to the English language. I have learned a great deal by experiencing the world of education through their eyes.

Education

TESOL Certification - Capital University - May 2015
Master in Education, Curriculum and Instruction - Ashland University - August 2004
Teacher Certification - Otterbein University - November 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting - Capital University - May 1986

Additional Information

Youth for Understanding Exchange Student to Denmark 1979-1980
Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Participant to Japan - June 2005
TEA/ILEP Participant to Morocco - March 2011
Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange Teacher - July 2018
Ohio Education Association English Learner Cadre - 2018 - 2020