As the Director of the Service-Learning Program, Deanna encourages students across campus to make their academic learning come to life by putting it to use in our community. She guides the AmeriCorps programs and The Schoolhouse Garden, as well as our partnerships with United Way and Bethel School District. She is also the instructor for the Service-Learning Cohort ARC (Academic Residential Community), and teaches "Liberating Education" an Inside-Out course at Oregon State Penitentiary.
Deanna's areas of expertise include creating and sustaining mutually beneficial community partnerships; integrating service experiences into the academic curriculum; navigating complex aspects of working and serving in diverse communities; and developing new programs and initiatives. She has worked as a teacher and school counselor in New York City's public schools and is a founder of The School at Columbia University, where for ten years she led service-learning curriculum development and programming for students in K-8, as well as fulfilling a variety of administrative and leadership roles.
Deanna studied psychology as an undergraduate at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, and received her MA and EdM in Educational Psychology and School Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursing a doctoral degree in Critical Sociocultural Studies in Education at University of Oregon. She holds a Certificate of Excellent Practice of Service-Learning from the National Youth Leadership Council. She is a member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.