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Debra Dumler

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About Me

Educational History:

I am originally from Springfield, Missouri and I graduated from Parkview High School in 1974. I went to college in Liberty, Missouri at William Jewell College and graduated in 1978. I went back to school for my Masters at Fort Hays State University and graduated in 1986.

Degrees and Certifications:

I attended college at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education  with a minor in music in 1978. I later went back to school at Fort Hays State University and graduated with a Masters in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) in 1986. I am certified in Elementary Education and Special Education (Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders).

Professional Development:

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention; Kagan Cooperative Learning; Victoria IPad Academy; Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports Symposium (2013); Randy Sprick Classroom and Behavior Management; Tier III Reading Strategies Workshop; Bullying Awareness and Prevention; Common Core Academy (2011); Roots to Resources Workshop (2011); Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites; Kansas Reading First Academy (2005); DIBELS training; A Framework for Understanding Poverty; Bal-A-Vis-X Level One & Adaptive Exercises; Early Developmental Disorders Resulting from Abuse; The Big 1 (of the Big 5) LETRS #2; LETRS 3 (Phonics); LETRS 4 (Vocabulary); STAT (Student Teacher Assistance Team) workshops; PLC's (Professionl Learning that Moves Us from Knowing to Doing); Member of KNEA


Current Position:

I started teaching in the Russell School District during the 1983-84 school year. I have worked as a special education (interrelated classroom) teacher in several schools within the district. I have taught at the schools in Luray, Lucas, Dorrance, Gorham and Russell. I have also been fortunate to have had the privilege to teach at both Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools. I have worked primarily with the lower elementary age students (K-3 grades). But prior to coming to Simpson full-time, I worked with students from K-12 grades.  My first year at Bickerdyke was during the 2014-15 school year where I became the resource room teacher for the second and third grade students. I have been in education for 36 years, and in the Russell District for 32 years.

Previous Position:

My husband and I moved to Russell in 1982. Prior to teaching in  Russell, I was a fourth grade teacher at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas from 1980-1982. During the 1982-1983 school year, I became a paraprofessional in the Russell School District.

I have been blessed to have had some great experiences that I truly believe have impacted my love of teaching and the children I work with. I was fortunate to work for Concerned Care in Kansas City, Missouri while I was going to school and shortly after. This organization works with disabled individuals and placing them in group homes to aid them in becoming more independent. I also worked at Sherwood Center for the Exceptional Child. This was a tremendous group of people who specialized in working with autistic children. These experiences gave me a love for the kids, a desire to do all I could do to help them, a respect for their individuality and for the people who work with them.

Family Information:

I was married to John Dumler in 1981. We have been married for 35 years. We have three children, John III, Jason and Meghan. At this time, we have two grandchildren and four grandpuppies.  My husband is "partially" retired, but he also works part-time as a PMA (Pastoral Ministers Assistant) at our church.Both of our sons work with computers, programming and/or repairing. Our daughter is an art teacher in another Kansas community. Education seems to run in our family, since my mom was also a teacher. We have three very spoiled dogs-Bella, Cricket and Casper.

Personal Information:

One of my very favorite things to do is sing! I enjoy singing with our Praise Band at our church. I also very much enjoy reading.  I have also been very involved with Russell Community Theater. My husband and I have both not only been in plays, but have also helped backstage. My husband has also directed. Theater has been a love of mine since high school.


During the summer I love to read and work in my yard--I enjoy watching things grow (that includes children)! We like visiting our children and spending time with them-family is very important to us! We spend time with our pets-our very spoiled dogs:Bella (she's a bull mastiff), Cricket (german shorthair) and Casper (he's our deaf rescue pup). I also love animals and firmly believe in rescuing as many as I can!




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