-Earned her Bachelor of Science teaching degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC
-Taught one year in Cabarrus County, NC
-Taught for 22 years at Miami Southridge Senior High School
-Earned her Master of Computer Education degree from Nova Southeastern University
-Taught art at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay, FL
-Started making glass beads in 2001. Creating beads and taking bead workshops from Kim Osibin and Loren Stump, Debbie started selling beads and bead creations at Intergalactic Beadshows and Down the Street Bead Show as Debbie Deb Beads. This expanded to teaching Precious Metal Clay classes at the shows while her daughter Mary ran the bead show booth. In 2008, the economy prompted Debbie to close Debbie Deb Beads and concentrate on local galleries.
-Retired in 2010 after 32 years of teaching
-Created life sized, symbolic, figurative female sculptures, mini sculptures, clay masks with a sea shore influence, wall sculptures and functional pottery.
-In 2014, facing difficulty with aging hands, Debbie had to give up clay work. She now paints in acrylics and watercolor. Debbie maintains her studio, "Mad Hand Studio" and now calls it "Shore Paintings", in Palm Bay, FL. She exhibits at local galleries and art festivals.