Getting to know… Deborah Hogan, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

What excites you most about your job?
Watching my students grow and make progress. I have the privilege of working with the same students year after year, and seeing them grow is so exciting. I also treasure the relationships I have developed with the families of my students.

How long have you been at Carrie Busey?
This is my 4th year at Carrie Busey, but my 7th in the district.

What are some of your favorite memories of Carrie Busey?
I have been very lucky to develop some wonderful friendships with the families and staff here at Carrie Busey. I love spending time with them at our school events and celebrations. Some of my favorite events have been the Carrie Busey Teachers Mob Dance, The Busey Awards, and, of course, duct taping Mr. Scott to the wall!

What do you do when you are not at Carrie Busey?
Most of my time is spent with my boys, Josh and Jake. We live in Urbana. Josh is a freshman and plays on the JV soccer team. Jake is in 8th grade and plays trumpet in the Concert Band and Jazz Band. He also plays soccer on a park district team.

Where did you go to elementary school?
Lincoln Elementary in Jacksonville, Illinois

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher and a mom. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else.

If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted to do with Carrie Busey students, what would you do?
I would love to take the deaf and hard of hearing students to Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville to interact with the students there. Of course, we would have to make a side trip to visit my parents, who still live minutes from ISD, to sample my mom’s amazing cooking!

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