Debi Kinzel Strausbaugh

Lifelong Learner

Debi retired after a 40-year career as a high school teacher. She was blessed to be able to do what she loves while raising a family and coaching multiple sports. Debi’s success as a teacher can be traced back to her early years growing up in a family of eight. Debi’s parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and other important values, while her five younger siblings were Debi’s first “students.”

Born in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Debi moved frequently while her dad was in the Navy. She has lived in various places ranging from Canada to Key West, Florida. Her father’s last tour of duty was in Norfolk, Virginia, which brought Debi’s family to Virginia Beach. She graduated from Kellam High School before attending Longwood College – formerly an all-women’s college in Farmville, Virginia – when it first became coeducational.

Deb met her husband while she was substitute teaching. She became a better teacher after raising three children and seeing them through college. Her oldest child attended UNC at Chapel Hill, Old Dominion University, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; her middle child attended the US Naval Academy; and her youngest child went to the University of Pennsylvania.  

Who are you?

Educator for life

Mom of three great kiddos and wife of a retired elementary school teacher (TOY)

Former high school athlete in four sports and collegiate athlete in two sports: Field Hockey and Gymnastics

High school athletic coach for 40 years

Passion for gardening

Edjacent Why Statement

As a lifelong learner, upon reaching four decades as an educator, the question posed to me was what is next? I would reply, “I’m not done yet!” I still have a passion for reimagining an authentic, collaborative, educational culture for educators and students alike.

Unique areas of focus in edjacent

Membership; integration of high school courses

Current & Past Work

Through Edjacent

Currently networking in the membership hub

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