Deborah has been writing and editing for more than twenty years. She began her career as an assistant editor at Consumers Digest Magazine. After completing her Masters in English Literature from Northwestern University, she became a professor of journalism and literature at Columbia College Chicago. While there, she found that her interests lie in education and educational publishing.

Soon, she was working on a literature program for McDougal Littell and then parlayed that experience into a freelancing career of writing, editing, and managing educational products, including teacher editions, student editions, ancillary products, e-learning modules, instructional videos, and whiteboard activities. Because of her background as a literature and composition professor at Columbia College Chicago and North Central College, Deborah specializes in grades 6–12 ELA, with a focus on writing, grammar, and literature programs. Deborah has also written five nonfiction children’s books and edited several nonfiction children’s books series.

In 2005, Deborah began MetaArts, a small development house that prototyped, created, and edited content and managed projects for publishers, businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Her clients included National Geographic Society, Perfection Learning, Scholastic, Tangerine Press, Heinemann Press, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Capstone Press, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Hampton-Brown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Northern Illinois University, and the Chicago Park District. As owner of MetaArts and later as executive editor at LearningMate, Deborah managed and monitored all editorial projects to ensure the delivery of high-quality service, on time and on budget.

Deborah has worked on programs specializing in and relating to the following:

·       Developing digital and print ELA materials for grades K–12

·       Creating and editing content for high school social studies programs

·       Creating ancillary material for ESL programs

·       Building editorial teams for grades K–12 and working with sales teams to foster client relationships and clear communication

·       Writing and editing ELA assessments

·       Writing and editing nonfiction children’s books and and correlating educational products

·       Customizing ELA and social studies products to meet individual state standards

·       Writing and editing middle school Earth and life science student and teacher materials

·       Consulting and prototyping ancillary products for high school literature programs

Deborah holds an MA in English literature from Northwestern University and a BA in journalism from Indiana University. Deborah is passionate about delivering high-quality instructional materials for students and teachers. Her mission is to be innovative and creative while always meeting the publisher’s goals and standards.