Degrees and Certifications:
Education:• BA, summa cum laude in English, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois• MAT, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Certifications: • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher, Late Adolescent Language Arts• Authorized Syllabus via College Board Audit: Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition• Authorized Syllabus via College Board Audit: Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Mrs. Debby VanGetson
Mrs. VanGetson started teaching at Wheaton North in 1999, although her association with the school extends well before that date: both Mrs. VanGetson and her husband Jeff are Wheaton North graduates, as are both of their children, Aaron and Gretchen. Called first by an early love of literature and the humanities, second by a desire to work with high school students, Mrs. VanGetson so enjoys sharing new voices in multiple genres with students. As writer Jennifer Egan notes, “Nonfiction expands . . . knowledge, but fiction broadens . . . experience.” Indeed, students’ empathetic response to literary characters translates into increased empathy for others, while students’ development of effective language arts skills translates into real-world knowledge-building and communication skills.