Debi loves thinking about big questions. She has spent most of her career facilitating philosophical discussions with K-12 students, and professional learning for educators, at the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. Her work, featured in a TEDx talk, reminds her everyday of how deftly young people grapple with big ideas when given space to do so. Debi has also designed and facilitated participatory theater based workshops, rooted in Theater of the Oppressed, to spark dialogue about systems of power, privilege, oppression, and discrimination at Theater for Change, University of Washington.
Prior to her life in the United States, Debi led learning communities for teachers and provided curriculum support to students at a school in India. She also led a project with a childcare service provider in England to support the emotional health of children in residential and foster care.
Debi is a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington College of Education, Seattle, where she is also a former instructor. Her research focuses on philosophical reflection in teacher professional development. She holds an MSc in Developmental Psychology from University College London, and a BA in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Debi recently moved to Oakland and loves it!