Debra Frantz


Debra Frantz has been a passionate advocate for ELLs over her 20 year career as an educator and teacher leader. She serves as an ESL Instructional Advisor with her school district, a Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Southwest Core ESL Regional Advisor, and a WIDA Certified Trainer. As a WIDA Trainer, she has presented for her school district, surrounding Memphis area municipal districts, and at the state level for TNTESOL.

Debra enjoys tailoring professional development to suit the needs of each district. As TN joined WIDA in the fall of 2014, she understands the responsibility of districts to present an overview of what WIDA is and what WIDA can offer to educators and district leaders. Her own philosophy follows that of WIDA's "Can Do Philosophy" in that she appreciates the background and experience each individual brings to training sessions and wishes to build a community of learners where risk taking is the norm.

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