Six Things You Need To Know About

First Grade Teacher, DEBORAH SULLIVAN

1. Deborah was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up as a preacher’s daughter which allowed her to live in a variety of places. After living in Kentucky
for over nine years, she moved to Harker’s Island, North Carolina—a small island off of Cape Lookout that provided her with a unique living experience within a small fishing village. Later she moved
to Vero Beach, Florida, where she met her husband Mark. The couple have two children. Ryan is currently attending Florida State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate. Allison is a high school junior who enjoys academics and hanging out with friends.

2. After getting married, Deborah lived on Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where her husband was stationed. While in Maryland, Deborah received her BS in Early Childhood/Special Education from Bowie State University.

3. During her time in Maryland, Deborah worked with the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation. She was part of a team that helped launch an inclusion program for campers with disabilities. Deborah was tasked with traveling around the county ensuring all campers with disabilities were included in daily camp activities. She also helped establish procedures for the program.

4. While teaching at Griffin Elementary, Deborah and a fellow colleague were awarded the Regional Economic Educator and Leadership Award for the state of Florida. Deborah and her colleague created a business selling candy to educate students about economics. Their students used the money to purchase learning tubs for incoming kindergartens.

5. From the time she was very young, Deborah has loved music. From singing in church to singing in the classroom, she loves to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Deborah was the worship leader at her church in Maryland. She continued singing by being part of her worship team here in Lakeland.

6. Deborah’s love for football and basketball have led her to be a constant presence at middle and varsity football games, as well as girls’ basketball games. For the past eight years, Deborah has operated the scoreboard for middle school football games. On Fridays during football season, Deborah runs the play clock and keeps everyone on task in the press box. Deborah also enjoys watching her former students play in these sports as well.