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Debbie Apple

#70 Debbie Apple, Transfer to Biola University
(General Education)

I took my first college class in 1978 at C.O.D. My high school teacher, Philip Ferranti, was teaching a sociology class here and encouraged me to sign up. I was still in high school and needed a teacher to sign for me to take a college class. Eventually I transferred to Biola University and earned a B.S., M.A. in Ed., and a teaching credential.

I had been a teacher for almost twenty years when my husband and I returned to the desert five years ago. I got a teaching position through DSUSD and now work as a language arts teacher in Indio. I love teaching and making a difference in the lives of young people.

I am so thankful that Mr. Ferranti invited me to attend my first college class. I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for the encouragement of my teacher and the College of the Desert. Thanks for the great start!