Debra Eckerman Pitton, Ph.D. is a professor of education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where she teaches middle level philosophy and secondary general methods. She also supervises student teachers assigned in the local schools.
Dr. Pitton is particularly interested in supporting positive relationships in classrooms and schools and has presented conference sessions on enhancing teacher and administrator communication skills. Much of her work focuses on strengthening the pedagogical skills of pre-service and novice teachers. She has also been trained in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Operation Protocol) which she infused into her college courses.
Dr. Pitton has taught at several higher education institutions and served as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Minneapolis area. She is the author of two books: Stories of Student Teaching; A Case Approach to the Student Teaching Experience and Mentoring Novice Teachers: Fostering a Dialogue Process. Dr. Pitton is also a board member for the Minnesota ASCD affiliate and is completing a term on the National ASCD Leadership Council.
Providing cultural immersion experiences for pre-service teaches is a part of the work Dr. Pitton is involved in, and she has taken students to England, Costa Rica and Peru to work in local classrooms. She also supervises student teachers abroad and continues to work to support new teachers in urban settings.
Dr. Pitton received her undergraduate degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, her Med from Northwestern Illinois University and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas in Denton. She taught high school English, speech and drama for several years in Iowa and Illinois and middle school in Texas. She lives in Burnsville, MN with her husband and has three adult children.