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Deb Sheffer is an assistant professor in Hamline University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program within Hamline University’s School of Education. She teaches a variety of core courses, advises students, chairs capstone committees, and is a member of many committees university-wide. Deb received her BA in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College, her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development from Hamline University, and her Doctoral Degree (Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Views from a Multiple Perspectives Approach), also from Hamline University. She was an elementary school teacher for 20+ years. Deb’s special interests are teaching through a multiple perspectives lens with a focus on the voiceless and underrepresented; constructivism; multi-age teaching; and community building.

Teaching Style

Deb believes that students construct their own knowledge by connecting new experiences to prior learning. She knows that students learn best by being active participants in their own learning. Therefore, Deb’s students learn through exploration, inquiry, and real-life problem solving.

“Our greatest contribution is to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.”