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Debby  Settle 

Board Member

Debby is a retired Florida educator with over 30 years of varied experience in the field of education.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exceptional Education with certifications in elementary and early childhood education and a professional director’s credential in preschool education. 

 

Debby’s professional career began as a teacher of primary age children with and without special needs. After 15 years of teaching in the classroom she earned the title of “stay at home mom.” Debby and her husband adopted 2 boys, Jacob and Christian, at birth. 

 

Jacob was diagnosed with autism at age 18 months and Debby’s family journey began. She says the saying is true, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” 

 

Debby re-entered the workforce when the boys entered Kindergarten. Her career at The Children’s Center, an early education developmental resource center, began simply. She facilitated fully inclusive play groups for children ages 1-3 to include parents and therapists. 

 

Over the course of 3 years, Debby accepted the position of Program Manager, where she had the opportunity to oversee the implementation of many community outreach programs, to include, “The Incredible Mindful Living” a health and wellness program for preschoolers and more. 

 

Debby supervised Parrish Early Care and Education, a fully inclusive preschool and childcare program, with a staff of 15 care partners.  Debby had the great privilege to support and empower parents to advocate for their child’s needs. Her role was to inform, educate, provide guidance, access to services, partner with community agencies and other providers and provide emotional support to families, so managing a child’s own unique journey may be just a little easier. This is where Debby’s passion lies. 

 

“As a parent of a child with ASD, I needed support when Jacob was newly diagnosed. That support will forever be appreciated.”