Deborah Carpenter, MA
College of Education
Deborah Carpenter is a full-time Instructor in the College of Education at Ashford University. She earned her Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Reading and Language Arts from San Diego State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple-Subject teaching credential from University of California Riverside. Her professional experience started in elementary education, having taught in both the Riverside and Poway Unified School districts in Southern California for nearly 10 years. She then moved into higher education at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus, serving as a specialized University Representative, Education Program Manager, and the Campus College Chair for the College of Education. Her professional expertise lies in teacher preparation, student teacher readiness, peer coaching and feedback, professionalism, and communication. She loves being a source of inspiration and reassurance to her students and enjoys allowing them to sharpen and diversify their skills. “It is important to challenge students to think critically for themselves and to empower them to design and execute projects that demonstrate resourcefulness, creativity, and innovation. I flourished under this type of teaching and enjoy providing others with similar experiences.” Carpenter has lived in the San Diego area for most of her life. Outside of the classroom, her passions include spending quality time with her husband and two daughters, reading, being outside, hiking, running the trails of San Diego, traveling, and staying active in her church.