Debbie S. Andres

Ed.D. student
Teacher Leadership
  • Research Interests
    My current area of interest is designing professional learning opportunities that help middle school science teachers develop critical pedagogical practices.
  • Biography

    Debbie Andres is currently a high school physics teacher in NJ. As a graduate of the Rutgers Mechanical Engineering program (B.S. 2015) and the Rutgers Physics Teacher Preparation Program (Ed.M. 2016), Debbie is passionate about incorporating the engineering design process and the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) approach into her classroom. Debbie aspires to stay in P-12 and become a STEM Supervisor for a NJ public school district. Once in that position, Debbie wants to help students from all background discover their love of investigating new phenomena they encounter in the world through the lens of a scientist.


    I enjoy contributing to the Physics teaching community as a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Additionally, I love spending time with my family and friends. When I can I like to kayak, play video games, and read fantasy books.

    Home Life:

    My parents immigrated here from Peru to provide their children with a greater opportunity. I have four siblings and I am the first to go through the American education system. I also have a small poodle named Laila who is 16.5 years old!
  • Why the GSE?
    Rutgers has been my home since Fall 2011 when I began as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate major. When I decided I wanted to be a physics teacher I knew doing my Masters with a focus on Physics education at the GSE was the best choice. Since graduating in 2016 I knew I would always come back one day to work on my doctorate because of how supportive and knowledgeable the faculty and staff were.
    Through participation in the EdD program, I wish to grow as a teacher leader in my school. I also plan to transition to supervisory after the program so that I can work with other science teachers and develop best practices in science education.
  • Favorite Memory at the GSE
    My favorite memory was the first class of Social Contexts II this past June when I finally got to meet my cohort in person!
  • Advice for Incoming Students
    Your cohort is your greatest resource. They are with you during the good and hard times. When you have questions about assignments, reach out to your professors and peers. Also read ahead, it piles up fast!
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