Debra A. Berner, M.Ed.

Board Member

Debra has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. She provides advice and insights related to school-based programming and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Her related experience includes more than 38 years as an educator, during which she has been a teacher for students with disabilities; Resource teacher in Special Education; assistant to the Director of Special Education; Assistant Principal; Principal at William Tyler Page ES; the executive director for the Chief Operating Officer in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and most recently as the Director of Student Services where she oversaw Psychological Services; Pupil Personnel Services; School Counseling, Residency and International Admissions; Interim Instructional Services; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS); and Student Affairs.

She is currently the principal at Lakewood Elementary School in Rockville. She also teaches a class on Student Services to aspiring administrators for Hood College. Deb is the proud parent of Sam, who lives in Pittsburgh and pursuing his dreams of being a ceramic artist and owning his own studio. Her daughter Abby has followed in her footsteps as a teacher in MCPS for students with autism. Deb has found her home in Rockville since moving from the Midwest in 1992 and contributes to community efforts when time permits.


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