Greetings! My name is Debbie Vogel. This is my 26th year (out of 30) working in Bedford Public Schools, and I love teaching 6th grade at the junior high. I attended Blessed Sacrament and Douglas Road Elementary as a child, and graduated from Bedford High School before attending the University of Toledo where I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies. My Master's degree content focus was middle school Language Arts. This is truly my passion!
After graduation I spent some of my early career teaching and coaching tennis in Columbus (Westerville), but returned home to teach in Bedford as a fifth grade teacher at Douglas Road Elementary and coach the girls varsity and boys jv tennis teams. I became the lead teacher at DRE and was responsible for School Improvement, teacher professional development, student discipline, etc. When the Lead teacher position was terminated due to budgetary cuts, I transferred to Smith Road Elementary and became their Reading Teacher and Title 1 Coordinator.
During my time at DRE and SRE, I also worked as a writing consultant across the state of Michigan and had the opportunity to lead other schools in their charge to develop sound writing instruction to meet the ever changing expectations of the Michigan Department of Education. As a professional speaker and trainer, I was provided with great opportunities to network with leaders in the field of literacy while presenting at the Michigan Reading Association's Annual Conferences.
When SRE closed its doors, I decided I was ready to go back to teaching and transferred to the junior high. I really missed having a classroom and students I could call my own. I currently coach the girls JV tennis team and supervise the Junior High Tennis Club and Book Club. So here is where I hope to stay, instructing, laughing and learning with my bronco middle schoolers.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, tennis, gardening, and hanging out with my family. One last item...Did I mention I was an OSU fan?