Deborah Barrett Downes is a public school educator of more than 40 years with a focus on school improvement, culturally responsive classrooms, and personalized instruction. Her efforts have included school redesign, differentiated instruction, creation of advising curricula, teacher-led data analysis, parent and community outreach and growth of collaborative, instructional models. She has worked in Maine, Cambridge, Boston and Andover in both high schools and middle schools.
Her roles have included special educator, instructional coach, school administrator, and educational consultant. Currently, she works at Lesley University supervising student teachers grades K through 12.
She has lived in Cambridge for many years, with her husband, Brian, a retired CRLS guidance counselor. Both are active members of the Cambridge community.
In the past, she was a Board of member of Cambridge Community Learning Center teaching adult immigrants, and now is an Enroot mentor to a CRLS sophomore.