About Me & Contact Info

Deborah Farmer Kris is an experienced teacher, school leader, parent educator, author, and consultant. She has taught elementary, middle and high school, served as a school administrator, and worked as a senior associate at Boston University’s Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character.

Currently, Deborah serves as a parenting columnist, editor, and content specialist for PBS Parents. She also writes for MindShift (NPR’s education blog) on topics such as growth mindset, child and adolescent development, media literacy, spatial skills, and educational equity. In addition, her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, and she is the co-author of the book Building Character in Schools: A Resource Guide. Over the course of her career, she has presented to hundreds of educators around the country on topics related to character, ethics, and child development.

Deborah holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Education from Boston University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. She is married to a school principal, and they are the parents of two young children.

Connect with Deborah on Twitter or LinkedIn — or contact her directly at deborah[at]kris.org.

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