Instructional Coach & Leadership Specialist, Institute for Excellence in Education
A natural leader, Deborah (Deb) Sweebe brings over 22 years of classroom and school leadership experience to her role as a Leadership, Math and Literacy Coach for the Institute for Excellence in Education. Passionate about meeting the needs of every student, Deb works side-by-side with educators, providing professional development and job-embedded coaching.
Deb joined the Institute in 2013, and quickly became the resident expert Coach for educators and districts in need of leadership training and guidance. Deb’s energy and passion for growing and equipping leaders shines through in her daily coaching, as these individuals build the foundation for long-term success in the school environment. Understanding that attaining higher levels of student engagement and achievement is a process, Deb’s approach to having a lasting impact is one of empowerment. By serving as a source and a resource, she has helped transform leaders in numerous schools and districts from Michigan to California – including Mayville Community Schools, Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Tuscola Intermediate School District, Moreno Valley School District, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Reese Public Schools and numerous charter public schools – to name a few.
A faithful advocate of advancing her own knowledge and skills, Deb is certified in Adaptive Schools techniques and as a Cognitive Coach. She received training from the prestigious Harvard Graduate School Turn Around Leaders Conference and was also a Gerstacker Fellow. Deb served on the American Chemical Society’s Presidential Task Force on STEM Education and was awarded teacher of the year during her tenure at South Bay Union School District in California. Deb has been invited to present and share best practices at conferences and workshops over the years, including Instructional Leadership in Literacy and Classroom Management presentations at Saginaw Valley State University.
An educator at heart, Deb dedicated the early years of her career to making a difference in the lives of students day-in day-out as a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher in South Bay Union School District in California from 1996 to 2001. From there, Deb committed over 12 years to teaching and learning for Bay City Public Schools where she taught students in grades 1, 5 and 8, served as a Curriculum Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal from 2001 – 2013 in Bay City, Michigan. Driven by a passion to educate learners of all ages, Deb also served as an adjunct professor for Saginaw Valley State University’s English Department.
Deb earned her Master of Science in Educational Administration Degree in 2001 from National University and Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 1995 from Eastern Michigan University.