Debbie Whitt Jarzombek

​Professional Development Support Focus Areas:
  • ​Balanced Literacy Implementation
  • ​Primary and Intermediate Level Guided Reading
  • ​Literacy Focused Walk-Throughs with Campus and Central Office Administrators
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    ​Reader’s Workshop Implementation
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    ​Writer’s Workshop Implementation
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    ​Unleashing the Power of Mentor Texts in Teaching the Craft of Writing
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    ​Reading Intervention
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    ​Maximizing the Instructional Capacity of Shared Reading
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    ​The Critically Important Role of the Interactive Read-Aloud in Literacy Instruction
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    ​Enhancing Independent Reading Time
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    ​Strengthening Students’ Vocabulary

     My career in Texas public schools spans thirty years and includes a variety of roles: curriculum director, literacy coordinator, principal supervisor, elementary principal, elementary assistant principal, Reading Recovery teacher, middle school reading teacher, elementary classroom teacher, ESL teacher and college education department instructor. In addition to serving as a Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development board member, I also worked for 12 years as the curriculum director in Frisco Independent School District and as a trainer for the Texas State Master Reading Teacher Program. As a district administrator, I embraced a servant leadership model. I continue to enjoy opportunities to coach and support educators.

    Over the past decade while working as a consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with 50+ Texas school districts to implement research based effective literacy practices by providing professional development sessions and on-site administrator and teacher coaching. Recently I authored the teacher resource "Strategic Prompts for Scaffolding Readers" for Benchmark Education, and continue to work as a contributing author for Benchmark.

   In my personal life, spending time with my family is a top priority. My husband and I have two daughters and a son-in-law. Prior to having children, my husband and I played on a traveling co-ed softball team that won a USA national championship. Some of my favorite leisure pursuits include reading, home decorating, taking vacations that involve a beach, long power walks, bike riding, attending sporting events, and watching Hallmark movies.