Elementary & Early Childhood
Dr. Deborah Theiss
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Lovinger Room 3185
Deb Theiss is an associate professor and a member of the Faculty in the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education. This is her seventh year at UCM. She resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Dr. Theiss spent a year as an assistant professor teaching at Webster University Campus in St. Louis in the School of Education, Department of Learning and Communication Arts and as Director of Apprentice Teaching, Following that year she then returned to the Kansas City area to become principal in each of two different elementary schools.
Many years of varied teaching positions (K-8th grades, remedial reading, math, & language teacher, & behavior disorders teacher) preceded her work as an administrator. The last two years as an elementary principal and an instructional coach in public schools have been spent in an urban school district, which continues to add to the understanding of the challenges that schools face today in supporting the varied needs of our students. In the last few years, she has had the opportunity to work with low-income students in a Charter School setting. The work with the teachers and students has developed a keen interest in understanding and supporting the learning of low-income students.
Dr. Theiss is married to a fellow educator and has two children and three grandsons. Dr. Theiss enjoys nature, the outdoors, and bicycling.