Education: Duke University, PhD
Teaching since: 1991
Teaching at St. Francis Since: 2006
School phone number: 454-0848 x 1859
Welcome to the new school year. I'm Deborah Overdorff, one of the 7th and 8th grade math teachers and math coordinator for the Upper Middle School. Teaching has always been a part of who I am although my journey did not start with a focus on Middle School. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of the South and went on to get my Ph.D. in Biology, Anthropology and Anatomy (with a minor in Statistics) from Duke University in 1991. In 1986, my first year of grad school, I had an opportunity to do survey work in the southeastern rainforests of Madagascar and my love affair with lemur conservation and ecology was born. Once graduated, I ended up teaching at Duke from 1991-1994, and moved on to The University of Texas-Austin where I taught in the Anthropology program from 1994-2006 while continuing my research in southeast Madagascar. Through all of this, being in the classroom or training students in the field remained the most valued part of the experience.
I began my career transition in 2004 which lead me to my teaching home at St. Francis in 2006. In addition to teaching math, some of the other hats I wear at the school are Chapel leader along with Don Hale (8th grade LA teacher), and I coordinate the Legacy of Giving Program which promotes philanthropy and community service. I am also a long time St. Francis parent for 16 years. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing community of parents and colleagues.