Debbie Ramer began her teaching career as a secondary English teacher but immediately was drawn to the students with special needs in her classes. She became licensed to work with K-12 students with special needs and taught students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disabilities, OHI, ADHD, and autism in a Title 1 rural school as a resource, self-contained, and inclusion teacher. She also worked as an educational consultant at MCV's Pediatric Neurology Clinic before joining the W&M School of Education in 2007 as an NTE faculty member in special education. Debbie currently teaches classes in the Special Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education programs. She is also the Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program.
Debbie's research interests include special education teacher retention, reading comprehension interventions for students with autism, and how to increase student, family and coach awareness of the potential educational impact of repeated concussions. She regularly presents her work at local, national, and international conferences. Debbie also volunteers with One Child Center for Autism as well as in local elementary schools.
Ed.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Reading, University of Virginia, 2002
M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Virginia, 1994
B.A. in English and Secondary Education, James Madison University, 1991
Activities and HonorsDean's Award for Excellence in Collaborative Initiatives (2016)
President's Award for Service to the Community (2016)
Coordinator, Elementary Education Program
PI and Project Coordinator, Preparing Inclusive Educators (PIE) 325-T grant (2008–2016)