Debbie Whitt Jarzombek

Professional Learning Topics:
  • Responsive reading instruction implementation
  • Prescriptive small group literacy instruction
  • Capitalizing on brain research to enhance reading instruction
  • Literacy focused walk-throughs with campus and central office administrators
  • Unleashing the power of mentor texts in teaching the craft of writing
  • Intentional vocabulary development instruction
  • Techniques for enhancing independent reading time

     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, as a trainer for the Texas State Master Reading Teacher Program, and as a Texas Reading Academies Cohort Leader for teachers and administrators. As a district administrator, I embraced a servant leadership model. I continue to enjoy opportunities to coach and support educators.

Over the past decade, I have worked with 50+ school districts to implement research based effective literacy practices by providing professional development, guiding grade level planning sessions, and through on-site administrator and teacher coaching. I authored the teacher resources:  “A Word Structure Screener for Grades 2 and Above” (available through Warren Instructional Network), Strategic Prompts for Scaffolding Readers (Benchmark Education), and was an original author of Ready Rosie.

In my personal life, spending time with my family is a top priority. My husband and I have two daughters and sons-in-law. Prior to having children, my husband and I played on a traveling co-ed softball team that won a USA national championship. I currently participate in competitive power walking events throughout the United States and enjoy spending time outdoors. Some of my favorite leisure pursuits include reading, home decorating, taking vacations that involve a beach, painting, exercising through long power walks.