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Formal Education:

1974           Université de Haute Bretagne

1976           B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature, The University of the South

1980           Université de Nantes

1984           M.A. in French, UNC-Greensboro (Thesis title - The Poetic Instant in Mallarmé

1990           K-12 teacher certification, Georgia State University

Additional studies:

1999             Pathwise Mentoring Induction Training (ETS)

2000-Present  School and county in-service and training classes  (Paideia, Literacy, Expeditionary Learning, ELLs, Brain-based learning, etc.)

2004             French Government Scholarship for study of elementary pedagogy, Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Besançon, France

2006-2015      Kennedy Center Workshops on Arts Integration through theater (Sean Layne)

2008/2009      TPR/TPRS workshops (Bertie Segal, Shelly Thomas and Jason Fritze)

2013            Fund For Teachers grant with World Language colleagues to study "comprehensible input" at the IFLT conference, San Diego

2016          Hosted IFLT conference at CSAS, focusing on comprehensible input and literacy



2000 to Present:  Elementary French, K-5, The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

2008, 2009:  French TPRS K-6, Summer Language Institute, University School Nashville, Tn.

1990 to 2000:  High School French (French I through AP), Columbia High School, Decatur, Georgia

1989-1990: French 101-102, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

1989-1990:  French 101-104 Perimeter College, Dunwoody, Georgia

1983-1987: French, Art & Drama, Holcomb Bridge School, Alpharetta, Georgia

1981-1982: French 101-102, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C.

1978-1979:  Assistante d'Anglais, Lycée Polyvalent et CET, Luçon, France


About Deborah Wiltsee Tucker

During her 30 years as a teacher, Deborah Wiltsee Tucker has worked with students from pre-school to the university level; for the last 17 years she has taught Elementary French at CSAS.  She received her B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature from the University of the South and her M.A. in French from the University of N.C. Greensboro. She has lived, studied and taught in France as well as the United States. In 2004 she was awarded a grant from the French government to study elementary pedagogy at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Besançon, France. During 2008-2009 she was coached in TPR/ TPRS with Bertie Segal, Shelly Thomas and Jason Fritze in Nashville, and in 2013 she received a grant from the Fund for Teachers to study Comprehensible Input at the IFLT Conference in San Diego, CA. She was instrumental in hosting the IFLT in 2016, organizing the students for the language camps which form the basis of observation for attendees.

Why are you at CSAS?

CSAS is the most exciting, professional, and philosophically sound public school in the Southeast.


My husband, Jim, is an artist. My son, Andrew, is a physicist currently working for the University of Wisconsin on the ATLAS team at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. My daughter, Allison, is a teacher in Atlanta, GA, and my daughter, Molly, lives in London and works for Cancer Research UK. We also live with Padre, the Great Pyrénées who guards us all, Scout, the intrepid, Sophie, the ever-alert Border collie, Shrodinger, the fluffy Maine coon cat, and an open-door policy for the world.

Hobbies: Biking, hiking, riding, gardening, cuisine, conversation, travel, reading.

Favorite sport: biking

Favorite book: The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot is my favorite work of literature, for the words and images speak to me in new ways with each reading. I also love A Wrinkle in Time, The Zoom Trilogy, My Side of the Mountain, and The Lymond Chronicles.

Favorite quote: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes." Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry  

Favorite subjects when you were a student: History, science, literature, art, and French. I always thought that I'd be a vet, an explorer, a lighthouse keeper or a naturalist.