Delaware House of Representatives, 6th District

About Debra Heffernan

Debra Heffernan was elected to the Brandywine School Board in 2005 and has been its president since 2008. She helps oversee a budget of $140 million for the district, which spends a higher percentage of funds on direct student instruction than the average of districts throughout the state. During her five years on the board, the Brandywine School District has successfully included greater numbers of students with special needs into regular education classrooms, increased the number and diversity of students taking and passing Advanced Placement classes, and boosted the high school graduation rate–all while reducing administrative costs.

Debra was a founding member of the Brandywine Special Needs PTA, the first group of its kind in Delaware, and has been PTA co-president at the Bush Early Education Center. She was recently honored by Parenting magazine as Delaware’s Outstanding Mom Advocate for Education and represented the state at the inaugural Mom Congress held in Washington, D.C., in May.

An environmental toxicologist with more than 20 years of experience, Debra has worked in private industry and as a consultant for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. For the past five years, she has served on the state’s Brownfields Advisory Committee, which is working to protect Delawareans from pollutants while making the state greener and more economically viable. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware and a master’s in environmental toxicology from Duke University.

Debra also volunteers with the Graylyn Crest swim team, the Girl Scouts, the Mary Campbell Center, and Special Olympics of Delaware. She is a 20-year resident of Edgewood Hills, where she lives with her husband, Pat, and their three children.

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