Deonne is passionate about literacy education and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of teaching, coaching, teacher evaluation and professional development. Before joining Keys to Literacy, Deonne worked as a teacher, literacy coach, and elementary school principal. She earned her M. Ed in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University School of Education and a B.S in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Deonne credits her deep understanding of literacy education to her studies at the University of Pittsburgh under renown scholars Rita Bean, Isabel Beck, and Margaret McKeown. She continued to share her knowledge of literacy to teachers and leaders in her school district by facilitating Science of Reading and writing courses. Deonne’s philosophy on education is “Learning should be active” and she allows that motto to guide her work. As a principal, Deonne brought her philosophy to action by providing her students with hands and minds-on activities. Her students were active members of the teaching and learning community and were often engaged in impactful learning opportunities that challenged them to be “thinkers”. Deonne also created a mentoring program for aspiring teachers and was highlighted in a documentary produced by the PA School Boards Association. In her free time, she enjoys international travel, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.