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Deborah Dean taught junior high and high school in Washington before beginning her work with preservice teachers at Brigham Young University. She always enjoyed teaching writing and helping her students discover themselves as writers.
Deborah says that she became a teacher because she wanted to share her passion for reading and writing. "I wanted to help students find abilities they didn't know they had and interests they might not investigate without me encouraging them in those interests."
She received her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University, her M.Ed. degree from City University (Seattle), and her Ed.D. degree from Seattle Pacific University.
She currently works with teachers and directs the Central Utah Writing Project.