Deborah J. Heiberger to be inducted to the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting


According to a Harford County Public Schools press release:

During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 21, 2011, Deborah J. Heiberger, Ed.D. will be inducted into the HCPS Educator Hall of Fame for her 28-year tenure with HCPS as a dedicated teacher and administrator. The induction ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the A. A. Roberty Building. In addition, the ceremony and Board meeting will be aired via live stream on the school system website at The live stream link can be found in the Board box in the lower right-hand corner of the homepage,

Here’s some background on Deborah Heiberger from the district’s website:

Deborah J. Heiberger, Ed.D. was born and raised in Harford County, Maryland. She graduated from Towson University in 1971 with a Bachelor in Science in Elementary Education. Following her graduation, she taught in southern Maryland for two years before returning to Harford County to teach in her home school system. She furthered her education by earning her Master of Education in Administration/Supervision from the University of Maryland in 1975, and in 1986, she received her Doctorate of Education. In addition, she completed 36 additional credits in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Ms. Heiberger devoted 28 outstanding years of selfless dedication to students, faculty, staff and the community of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS). She taught at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School before taking on the roles of assistant principal at Edgewood, William Paca/Old Post Road, Hall’s Cross Roads, North Harford, Forest Hill and Youth’s Benefit elementary schools. Then, she served as principal of Jarrettsville Elementary School before making the move from the school building to central office as supervisor of curriculum. She was quickly promoted to executive director for curriculum and instruction and then to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She remained in that capacity until her retirement from HCPS in 2002. Ms. Heiberger had an unwavering focus on values, integrity and credibility in the job. She made significant contributions to the Harford County K-12 educational program that is recognized across the state for excellence and outstanding student achievement.

Throughout her career, Ms. Heiberger was actively involved in National Kids Voting Educator of the Year, Maryland Gifted and Talented Administrator of the Year and Student Service Learning Top Team, among many other committees and professional organizations andassociations. She humbly accepted National Educator of the Year from Kids Voting USA in 1994 and Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Local Administrator of the Year in 2000.

Ms. Heiberger currently works with the Arizona Department of Education as a professional preparation program approval specialist.