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Mrs. Francis

B.S Elementary Education/Special Education/Early Childhood Education
from Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
M.A. Elementary Education/Reading 
from University of South Florida in Tampa
C.A.G.S. Curriculum and Instruction
from UCONN

Hi my name is Debbie Francis I am the reading teacher at Birch Grove Primary School. I have been teaching for 40 years.  I first taught special education for 14 years. My students ranged from preschool to 8th grade. My teaching experience includes Massachusetts, Vermont, Texas and Florida.  I came to Birch Grove when it opened in 1999. I live in Columbia with my husband who is a retired educator and my youngest daughter. My oldest daughter is recent graduate from CT Eastern University and teaching in North Carolina. My other daughter is in 11th grade at Bolton High School. 
I love to read, walk, ride my bike at the Cape and scrapbook.  I have a cute dog named Graham. He is a Pomeranian with big Papillion ears. 
I am currently working on my bucket list. So far I have walked the Great Wall in China, traveled to Hawaii and rode a horse along a private beach.