Debbie began her career in the ASL/Deaf Education field while attending Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, CA. She began learning American Sign Language (ASL) at the College of San Mateo in the 1970's and volunteered with deaf children in San Mateo County's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. She loved this so much that she decided to focus her career on education for the deaf. She became a sign language interpreter for deaf students while attending California State University, Northridge (recognized as one of the best programs for the deaf and for deaf educators). Debbie received her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies and her M.A. in Special Education for the Deaf. She also has her Multiple Subject teaching credential and her Communication Handicapped credential (preschool through high school, regular education and special education).

Debbie taught deaf chilren in Pasedena, CA before moving back to the Bay Area, and then taught at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. After teaching for 16 years, Debbie decided to focus on her young children, and felt lucky to be able to become a stay-at-home-mother. She has remained very active in the Los Altos School District where her two sons were educated. She also occasionally volunteers for Santa Clara County's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program.

With her two sons grown, Debbie has resumed her passion for teaching and is now SIL's ASL teacher. In her free time, Debbie enjoys socializing with her deaf and hearing friends, goes everywhere with her dog, volunteers for animal rescue groups, and loves to read.