About Debbie

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Debbie and her husband, Phil

The Aurora Public Schools “Force” is strong in the Gerkin family!

Debbie has served on the Board of Education since 2017, but her history with Aurora Public Schools goes back for many years.  

Debbie’s entire teaching career took place in Aurora, including her tenure as principal of Crawford Elementary School. But that wasn’t the first time Crawford appeared in the family story — Debbie’s husband went to Crawford — and her husband’s mother went to Crawford!  All three of Debbie’s daughters graduated from Gateway High School, and now, three of her grandchildren are students at Aurora Quest K-8.  Before retirement, Debbie’s husband taught in Aurora, and two of her daughters teach in Aurora now.  That’s a lot of investment in Aurora Public Schools.  No wonder she cares about it so deeply!

But education is not Debbie’s only passion.  Being bi-vocational, Debbie is also a clergywoman.  For over twenty-five years, she has shared ministry with Fireside Christian Church, a Home Church for Metro Denver.  She is on track to complete her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2023.  

And in her free time?  Debbie loves to read, quilt, and travel.  She writes a little now and then and plays golf with her husband in the City of Aurora’s non-competitive Couples League.  Debbie is also a member of the Aurora Rotary Club.

Debbie has a strong sense of social justice, believes deeply in the democratic ideal of public education, and is convinced that we’re all in this together.  She understands the strength of community and works for the inclusion of all.  She believes in living purposefully, saying thank you, and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Debbie has been married to Phil for 46 years.  Together they have three grown children, six grandchildren, and a yorkie-schnauzer mix named Cookie.

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Debbie’s Grandchildren