Dr. Deborah Yarrow

Dr. Deborah Yarrow

ELA Teacher

Debbie Yarrow was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She completed an undergraduate and master’s degree in English at The University of Southern Mississippi and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Her interests in the natural world led her to complete a Ph.D. in Forest Communications from Clemson University in 1998. Shortly thereafter, the book she co-authored, Managing Wildlife, was published. Debbie has taught English at the university level at Virginia Tech (V.P.I.), Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and Clemson University. From 1998-2019, she taught English at the middle school in Clemson, South Carolina.

At home, Debbie enjoys music, playing the piano and singing alto in her church choir. She is the mother to Lauren, a doctor in Washington, D.C.; Ryan, a lawyer in Denver, Colorado; and Katie, who lives in Clemson. “I cannot imagine life without books,” she says, “and when school is not in session, I average reading about a book per week.” Her passion for reading and writing fits naturally with her career as an English teacher. “If you love what you do,” she notes, “you never have to work a day in your life.” Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and her favorite poem is “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost.

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