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Finishing Strong: Deborah R. Jaudon

Name: Deborah R. Jaudon
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Degree: M.Ed. in Reading Specialist Education
Graduation Date: December 2017

On December 9, U.S. Army veteran Deborah R. Jaudon will Finish Strong as she walks across the Armstrong graduation stage for the second time since leaving the service and entering the civilian workforce.

“Working as a paraprofessional made me realize that I wanted to continue my education and become a certified teacher,” she says.

Jaudon earned a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from the College of Education in 2007 and became an English Language Arts teacher at Southwest Middle School in Savannah. Inspired to help her students who struggled with reading, she returned to Armstrong in 2016.

“The program allowed me to learn new strategies that will help my students become lifelong readers, regardless of their abilities,” she states.

During her studies, Jaudon discovered helpful teaching strategies through her research on the effects of technology on vocabulary and reading comprehension. This spring, she will travel to the National Youth at Risk Conference to present her findings with Education professor Anne Katz, Ph.D.

“Dr. Anne Katz and Dr. Brenda Logan will always be my role models because they are the ones who pushed me to become the teacher that I am today,” she explains. “Their love and passion for what they taught motivated me to have that same excitement and passion toward the students in my classroom.”

Due to Armstrong’s flexible evening and weekend courses, Jaudon was able to achieve the degree that will help her seventh-grade students grow, without ever having to leave them.

However, this may not be the last time we see her in a cap and gown.

“Eventually, I hope to only work with students who struggle with reading and work toward acquiring my specialist degree, and maybe even a doctoral degree,” she says. 

Kerry Coursey

"I truly believe the personal connections I developed with my instructors at Armstrong helped to shape the educator that I became."

Kerry Coursey
Class of 1996
Master’s Health and Physical Education and Educational Leadership