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Debbie Houston

Head of School

I received a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Hearing and Speech Sciences and had an additional year of training in Early Intervention from Vanderbilt. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Science Degree in Education from the University of Virginia. I also received a Master’s in Theology later in life to support my theological teaching at my church.  I have extensive work experience, including working as a Speech and Language Pathologist, an Audiologist, a Pediatric Audiologist, a Teacher and Parent Trainer, a Preschool Teacher and an Elementary Teacher. I taught at Virginia Chance School as a Preschool Teacher, Elementary Teacher and Teacher/Parent Trainer. In addition, I served on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Chance School as President of the Board. I have worn many hats at Virginia Chance School which empowers me to understand the school from a variety of perspectives.

I originally found Virginia Chance School through a friend when our family moved to Louisville by asking her, “Who is teaching children the right way?” Her reply, “Chance School!” and that lead me to Chance with my own children. I have had three children attend Chance and now have 4 grandchildren in the school (Henry in Primary, Houston in K/1, James in the Fours and McCauley in the Twos). After joining the school as a family, the Head of School asked me to join the Faculty, and I embarked on an 18 year teaching career here. I even knew Virginia Chance and enjoyed having her as my mentor!

I am committed to the mission and philosophy of VCS and feel honored to lead a school where students are treated with dignity and respect, where they are challenged and encouraged to grow in all areas - cognitively, emotionally, socially, morally, and physically, and where they have two lead teachers in each classroom so their teachers really know them and help them to soar! I love that we have a school family and community here that care about the children and one another. It is my privilege to truly partner with such gifted faculty and staff, our parents and grandparents, our Board of Trustees and our community to offer this progressive, hands-on, discovery-based education to our students! I am passionate about my job and leading an exceptional, outstanding school true to Virginia Chance’s vision.

Outside of school, I am an avid reader and I love to cook, spend time with my family and friends, grow herbs, and enjoy antiques and our family treasures from the past. My own heritage is part Native American so I enjoy collecting from the Cherokee tribe, including arrowheads passed down to me from my dad and Cherokee art. I have been married to B.I. Houston for 41 years and am happy to still love him. We have three grown children, three fabulous in-laws that are our children now too, and 6 grandchildren! I love family trips with all of them!