Deb Hanson is a presenter and consultant in the education, library, and environmental fields. She has 28 years of experience as a public school teacher, administrator, environmental educator, biologist, & librarian.
In her work with schools she initiated a K – 5 Multi-age Continuous Progress Program, coordinated curriculum design for an elementary STEM school and for a high school Academy for Math & Science, created a model Guys Read program for middle school boys, and wrote and received ~$200,000 in grants for school reform and programs.
She has developed and presented workshops for libraries and library consortia on Re-Inventing School Libraries for the 21st Century, Blogging for Libraries, Using Web 2.0 Tools, and Engaging Boys in Reading. In conjunction with BarCamp SWFlorida, Deb coordinated the first JuniorCamp ever held in the U.S. – a technology un-conference for and by K-12 students.
Her energy and passion for excellence have earned her the 1992 National Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the 2002 Lee County School District Teacher of the Year, and District Media Specialist of the Year in both 2006 and 2010.
She is passionate about life and learning – balancing the use of technology with personal caring to engage people of all ages in developing their learning potential and empowering them with tools and skills to learn, unlearn, and re-learn in the 21st century. Dynamic and thoughtful, Deb loves working with people to improve their capabilities for learning, connecting, and staying relevant in the 21st century.
She is an avid learner herself – endlessly seeking opportunities and experiences – both formal and informal – to expand her knowledge of learning styles, brain theory, curriculum design, leadership, social media and web tools, library & information trends, library programming, 21st century literacies, environmental education, and boys & reading.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Zoology from N.C. State University and a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of South Florida. She is a black belt and certified instructor in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and uses the principles of Aikido in her presentations.