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Welcome to Winona Senior High School. My name is Deb Whalen, and I am a special education teacher licensed in specific learning disabilities (K-12) and elementary education (1-6). I have a Master of Science degree in specific learning disabilities and a BacheIor of Science degree in elementary education. My teaching experience includes teaching both general and special education and working with students in grades K-12. I have also worked in a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed students and have taught in a self-contained classroom for the emotionally/behaviorally challenged students. Part of my assignment includes team-teaching in the social studies department at Winona Senior High School in the areas of World Geography, American Studies, and Economics. I also team-teach Practical English 11 in the English department. I strive to provide the least restrictive environment for the education of my students.

I attended Winona State University and the University of Minnesota.  In my early years of teaching, I set up the high school special education programs in both Elgin, MN and Craig, CO. I have two children both graduates of Winona Senior High School. My daughter, Jennifer, is a professional photographer who resides in Los Angeles, CA. My son, Ryan, lives and works in Winona.

I have a wide range of interests but especially enjoy traveling both near and far, meeting and getting to know new people both young and old, and engaging in any outdoor activity especially by the water. I am very passionate about teaching your son/daughter and learning from them.

I consider myself to be very approachable and strongly encourage communication. Please feel free to contact me as the need arises. My work number is 507-494-1622. My email address is: debra.whalen@winona.k12.mn.us

Since my prep time changes from term to term, I prefer email as a contact method. If you have an emergency or the matter is difficult to express in an email, please feel free to call and leave a message if I'm unable to answer. I will return your call before the next day.