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Deborah W. (Debo) Dykes

Deborah W. (Debo) Dykes holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Education. She has been an elementary school teacher, middle school science teacher, and a director of academic advance for higher education. Following graduate work in Anglican Studies she was ordained in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, CO. Debo was a NASA Teacher in Space National Finalist and has earned several awards including Louisiana Teacher of the Year & Outstanding Female Educator, and selection as a Chautauqua Institute Fellow in the 2008 New Clergy Program, Chautauqua, N.Y. Debo’s years of experience in teaching elementary, middle and higher education, and the development of curriculum, are imbued with a commitment to accuracy and justice. Her participation in a Lilly Endowed program, “Behold the Feminine Face of God,” was a transformative experience that suffused her teaching, research, and subsequent authoring of her new children’s book series, Stellarella!

Deborah, known to friends and family as “Debo,” was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and spent most of her life in the Deep South.  She is inspired by the fecund smells of a ripe swamp, eating fried crawfish, oysters-on-the-half-shell and playing in the rain.  Since childhood she has loved walking on stilts, hopping on a pogo stick, and rescuing worms after a heavy summer rain. Debo is a certified NAUI diver and has no fear of "getting in over her head." She is a children’s book author of five Stellarella and Tank stories and a member of SCBWI. She shares her life with her husband, David, her family, and friends. For more information or to contact Debo, click here.  Thanks!

Deborah is a member of SCBWI.

​​... a Girl Raised In The South (G.R.I.T.S) with a passion for imbuing women and girls of all ages to embody a world where women are independent, self-sufficient, powerful, and healthy; a just world where male-dominate imagery or language is obsolete.