Dr. Debra Lee

Department Chair
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
B.S., The Ohio State University
M.S., Jacksonville State University
Ed.S., University of Alabama
Ph.D., Auburn University
Office: HP432, ext 8361

I came to PC in 2005 after teaching at Auburn University, Georgia State University and Montevallo University (Birmingham, Alabama). What led me to PC was the emphasis on excellence in teaching and developing student-faculty relationships. As a long time educator (a nice way of saying I’m not that young!), this was the ultimate opportunity.

I began my teaching career as a second grade teacher in Columbus, Ohio. I then taught first grade in Overland Park, Kansas, and later became an ESOL District Coordinator in Kansas and a K-5 school principal in Anniston, Alabama.

My academic career began when I completed a B.S. in Elementary Education at the Ohio State University. I used that knowledge and degree as my husband and I moved over 13 times during the next 20 years. At one time I held teaching credentials in six different states! During this time, I also received a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jacksonville State University, an Ed.S. in Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Elementary Education from Auburn University.

At PC, I teach early childhood and elementary methods courses, education foundation courses, and supervise student teachers. I also work with the Confucius Institute on South Carolina education initiatives. In addition, I love to learn through traveling and have led a student group to Florence, Italy, where we visited schools and enjoyed Italian culture.

My husband and I have two children and two granddaughters. Our “at home children” include two Bernese Mountain dogs with a combined weight of 275 pounds – mostly fur! We love sports, living in the upstate of South Carolina, and going to the beaches on the coast.