Debbi Leialoha, PhD
Professor of Education
Debbi Leialoha, PhD, is Professor of Education at Graceland University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Webster University and completed her Doctorate in Educational/Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
While the teacher in her never departs, Dr. Leialoha’s greatest pleasure and source of renewal is derived from family and friends. Whether in Missouri, Japan, Hawaii or Minnesota, she enjoys being in the company of loved ones. Relationships fuel her and keep her grounded to what she holds dear and important. Dr. Leialoha embraces the challenge to further develop her gifts and talents, and her associations with people from all walks of life serve as motivation.
Building joint enterprises, mutual engagements and shared repertoires are elements of Dr. Leialoha’s practice with graduate MEd students; whether in online or face to face teaching formats. Promoting the tenets of communities of practice in distance education represents the focus of scholarship endeavors, as well. Much of this work has been accomplished through collaboration with fellow colleagues. The need to ensure quality and integrity has fueled the creation of the Gleazer School of Education Mentoring and Supervision Model. It addresses understanding of guiding principles, practice that promotes consistency and relationship building, language avenues to promote caring and support, opportunities for growth through professional development, assessment tools that provide multiple sources of feedback, and lastly, the importance of reflection to inform future practice.
Dr. Leialoha says she is a work in progress, a person who is enjoying the journey as a life-long learner. She looks forward to making positive contributions to those whom she meets along the path. Every day is a new one that holds all kinds of possibilities!