My name is Debbie Hicks and I teach first grade at White Plains Elementary.  I graduated from Surry Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  I received my Master's degree in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University.  After working extremely hard and many hours, I obtained National Board Certification in 2003 as an Early Childhood Generalist.  In 17 years of teaching, I have been in several areas:  Title 1 Reading, PreKindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades.  I am looking forward to a new adventure in First Grade again this year.
I have been married 19 years to Alan Hicks.  We have three fabulous children - Derek and Dana, who are 14 and Andrew, who is 6.

Even when I was a little girl, I wanted to teach.  I love what I do and my goal is that each child learns more than just the three R's.  I want them to learn to be well-rounded individuals who not only respect others but themselves as well.  With us all working together, our children can reach their full potential!