Debra Eckerman Pitton, Ph.D.
Debra Eckerman Pitton has served as a high school and middle level language arts teacher as well as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning and was an elected member of her local school board. She recently retired from the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where she taught educational methods for middle level and high school teaching majors, facilitated the Student Teaching Seminar, the AVID tutoring program, Global Educators program and supervised student teachers.
Debra completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Texas, and has authored several books, including: Stories of Student Teaching, and Mentoring the Novice Teachers. Her recent book, Supporting Teacher Development: New skills for principals in supervision and evaluation, focuses on mentoring skills that can be implemented by mentors and principals to support ongoing teacher growth. She has published numerous articles and conducted workshops on mentoring, literature circles and communication skills for school districts across the country as well as given presentations at national educational conferences. She also helped establish mentoring programs in various Minnesota districts, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada and Richfield, Virginia.