Debra Hurst

Retired, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Inclusion, ESL Teacher
Austin, Texas,  Independent School District
Total years as a classroom teacher:39
University of Texas, Austin                 English as a Second Language Certification     1997
University of Texas, Austin                 Master of Arts                                 1986
University of Nebraska, Omaha         Bachelor of Science                            1976



2013-2015       Pre-K-K Literacy Coach, Uphaus Early Childhood Center Austin ISD
2010-2013       K-2 Literacy Coach, Widen Elementary, Austin ISD
1998-2013       ESL Kindergarten and Inclusion Teacher, Mills Elementary, Austin ISD
1988-1998       Pre-K and Inclusion Teacher, Galindo Elementary, Austin ISD
1982-1988       Early Childhood Deaf Teacher, Casis Elementary, Austin ISD
1977-1982       Hearing Impaired infants to HS Teacher, Marshalltown, Iowa



2011                 Master Reading Teacher Certification
2007                HEB Excellence in Education Award
2007                Texas House of Representatives Proclamation of Lifetime Achievement
2005                National KIND Award
2004                Disney Teacher  Award
2004                University of Texas Excellence in Teaching Award
2000 and 2010  National Board for Professional Teaching Practices Certification and Renewal



  • Mrs, Hurst’s classroom environment is safe, nurturing and accessible with hands-on learning to support each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
  • Hurst worked exceptionally hard to ensure that all of her students achieved to their highest potential, no matter their backgrounds, learning styles, or abilities. Creative thinking and problem solving were stressed so that students can succeed in a complex and ever-changing world and become life-long learners.


“Mrs. Hurst provided a learning environment in which students were continually challenged with high expectations, but received the scaffolding and support they needed to meet those expectations.”

Patricia H. Butler, former Principal, Mills Elementary


“Deb’s influence is still present with me each and every day.  Because of the vision she imparted to me, my hope is that all my students, with whatever challenges and gifts they may have, will know that school is a safe and enjoyable place and that there is nothing more exciting than learning together.”

 Lisa Molina, Teaching Colleague