Deborah is a young woman with exceptional talent and a strong academic record. She was the Junior Dux and recipient of a School Academic Scholarship at Onehunga High School. A self-described quiet person, Deborah made an effort at school to develop all-round life skills through involvement in various school groups. Her involvement included playing table tennis, writing for the school newspaper and launching a Christian Group within the school.
Deborah's academic skill, all-round talent and solid core values have been recognised by many and in 2008 she was awarded a NZI Austin Hemmings Memorial Scholarship through First Foundation. Neil Carter from NZI said 'Deborah came across as a very genuine, hardworking young lady. She is willing to put time into achieving her goals, and we were moved by the tribute to her mum who she sees as a role model.'
Deborah continued to display her quiet brilliance at a tertiary level as she studied for a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology at The University of Auckland.
After graduating in 2013 she worked for a short time at the Endevour Centre as a learning assistant before being accepted by Massey University for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Endorsement in Educational Psychology . After completing her diploma she went on to graduate with a Masters of Educational Psychology whilst working casually as a specialist youth worker / skills trainer at Youth Horizons.
She is currently an intern psychologist at the Ministry of Education and completing her post-masters Post graduate diploma of Educational and Developmental Psychology.