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Teacher Spotlight: Shelbie Debose, Jefferson School

Shelbie Debose

Shelbie Debose is a 5th Grade Teacher at Jefferson School

Shelbie was studying to become a lawyer when she read the quote “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Inspired, she changed career paths and is now a teacher. She views her job as an opportunity to make a difference every day in the lives of young children.

What are your must have smart-phone apps?

I definitely need Uber Eats and DoorDash. When I'm too tired to cook, I just order my favorite foods and enjoy.

How do you spend your summer breaks?

I usually take a trip to the beach. I try to relax as much as possible. I love to swim and read, so I spend most of my summer days doing those things.

What is your favorite show to binge watch and why?

I love the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It always gives me a good laugh and has some great lessons embedded as well.

What is the best part of teaching?

Productive struggle. I love to see my students work together to solve problems. They get upset with me in the beginning, but I love how rewarded they feel when they figure things out on their own.

If you could take your students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Wow! I have a long list of places. I would love to take them to see the Seven Wonders of the World. If I had to pick just one, I would say the pyramids in Giza. I've always been fascinated with the architecture and I think that telling the kids about it does not do it justice. I think they would be amazed.