Deborah Holmes, PhD, is the STEMpact Project Manager/Facilitator for the STEM Teacher Quality Initiative.
Previously, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Kirkwood School District (St. Louis County, Missouri) from 1990-2011. In this capacity, she was responsible for teacher training, student achievement, school improvement and technology integration.
Prior to Kirkwood, she was principal of Brittany Woods Middle School (Missouri Blue Ribbon School), and Jackson Park Elementary School (Recognized for Distinction by the U.S. Department of Education) in the School District of University City. Deborah began her teaching in Lawrence, Kansas. Both B.S. (’74) and M.S. (’78) degrees are from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. (‘88) is from St. Louis University.
Early in her career, Deborah wrote teacher resource books, articles for professional publications, and grants. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at two St. Louis area universities, is a certified strategic planner, and has been responsible for assessment and curricular programs birth through grade 12.
Deborah has been a co-chair of the Educational Equity Action Team- a group that initiated the Dismantling Racism Institute for Educators (DRIE). She has been president of the St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association and serves as a facilitator for various endeavors in schools and workplaces.