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Debra Jacoby

Elementary School Computer Science Teacher

Debra’s interest in integrating tools into curriculum started when she was awarded a Mousecarit Award for her work in educational programming at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She received an EJW Fellowship for her work in education law after running a one-room-carnival-schoolhouse.

When she returned to the classroom, she became an advocate for technology integration into curriculum. Debra has awards from BrainPop for Make-A-Movie Pedogogy and has had student winners for Wonder Workshop (top 10) Design Attachment competition, FritoLay Dreamvention (school award), and 2019 Scholastic/Mastercard Tech4Innovation Challenge (Student Award/Teacher Grant). 

She has designed computer science and innovation labs focused specifically on elementary grades, and she coaches robotics. Her passions are student exploration, differentiation in technology, teacher PD, maker ed, and classroom manipulatives.


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