Archive for November, 2015

Most educators in today’s public schools tend to take on specific archetype when teaching their classes. As an experienced educator, Debra Purcell-Regis has found that most teachers take on either an archetype of bold, by the book, and direct style of education or a calm, Socratic and open style of education.

It is often that a student will favor certain subjects over others due to the nature of the teacher’s style. Some students may prefer Language Arts while others prefer Math. Correspondingly, it is also true that some students will enjoy Algebra 1, but not Algebra 2. These differentiations are in part due to the subject; however, the teaching style is also to be considered. Teachers with a bold, direct and clear-cut approach may present their curriculum in a way that seems restricted. Although clear and direct, the mind of a student may require greater freedom in the way they can absorb the information. As a result, the student may take to one subject more effectively than another.

Comparatively, many students may also be confronted with a teacher who favors more open discussion or a Socratic approach to learning a topic. This approach provides the freedom and unique challenge to learn by doing. However, this approach also lacks the guidance and direction needed to push students forward in a timely manner. While some students may appreciate the freedom and pace of this style, it is also very likely some may be easily distracted or not as engaged as they would be with a teacher who was more by the book and direct.

During the 25 years she spent working as a high school teacher, Debra Purcell-Regis made it her purpose to find a balance between these two styles so that students would both have the freedom to develop their own opinion, as well as the guidance and support to push them forward. Discovering this balance was often unique to the student and was difficult to apply to all, however her approach succeeded with many students who often regarded her as their favorite teacher in Old Brookville.


As a full time educator for over 25 years and a mother of two, Debra Purcell-Regis found many helpful practices every mother should also use in their day-to-day lives. Since 1991, Debra nurtured two children to maturity and also worked full time as a teacher in the local school district. During those years she found that using scheduling tools, leveraging support from the entire family and creating a systematic approach to her family meals greatly helped her day-to-day life of juggling motherly duty and professional ambitions.

As a mother, you’re often at the center of numerous familial obligations. From preparing dinner to organizing the family Christmas reunion, it is clear that homemaking is a profession all on its own. Debra’s strategy in managing her family obligations is built around collaborative scheduling. Using a kitchen whiteboard calendar, Debra asks her children to write down upcoming events. On a daily basis, Debra would use her phone to finalize events in her own personal calendar. Simple daily habits like planning for the week or writing down events as they’re first scheduled help Debra manage her day-to-day time commitments.

In addition to her calendar system, Debra also leverages her family to work together on preparing dinner, making appointments and maintenance of the house. Once her oldest son was of age to drive, it became his responsibility to pick up his younger brother from school. Correspondingly, her youngest son was responsible for garbage and maintenance of the guest bathroom. This divide and conquer approach enabled her family to take on responsibility so that the burden can be shared and the whole family could work together around any sort of scheduling trouble.

Finally, the process of managing the family food supply was a constant challenge. With two sons and a husband, the house was in constant need for food to be provided every day. As a result, Debra created a monthly process of restocking grains, meats and other snacks that could be purchased in bulk. Correspondingly, twice a month Debra would also have open tasks to gather fresh vegetables or fruit where necessary. Creating a systematic approach to her family meals also significantly helped Debra Purcell-Regis manage her time and family.

As a child, focusing on schoolwork is a difficult habit to form. Children in the United States are fortunate to be born into a society where public education is viewed as the foundation of American culture. However, this does not mean every student is engaged and willing to learn about the Periodic Table in science class. The daily distractions of life affect all of us and particularly children. After teaching for over 25 years, Debra Purcell-Regis has had firsthand experience in working with children of all ages to educate and create a positive learning environment.

The first step in this process is to connect with the student on an individual level. Make the effort to remember their names and a little bit more about them. Demonstrating value in the presence of the student creates mutual social appreciation for one another. When a student first walks into a classroom, they are often a stranger to the teacher. Make the effort to close that gap and engage with each of your students.

It is also a best practice to share your own insights and to empathize with students. Empathy is a difficult practice with students, especially younger children, however showing that you understand their perspective and respect it, shows that you are listening to them. By practicing empathy and sharing your own views with your students, you create more trust in the relationship.

By connecting with students on an individual level and practicing empathy in her teaching methods, Debra Purcell-Regis was able to genuinely relate to her students. As a result her students felt respected and valued and were naturally inclined to study and learn from their teacher. Debra’s approach motivated her students because she respected and believed in them to succeed, as a result the class naturally put forth the effort to do so.

Fantasy sports are online games practiced by many people across the United States. The overall concept is that fans have the opportunity to draft their favorite players in a single team to compete against their friends’ unique teams. As the sports season progresses, each individual player accumulates stats as they play in real life, and these stats aggregate on the fantasy platform and total to a team value. At the end of the week, these stats are totaled per team and the team with the most points wins that week. In her retirement Debra Purcell-Regis has developed many strategies that help her effectively manage and win her fantasy sports teams.

As a first step, it is encouraged that the leagues you compete in all be consolidated to a single platform. Whether its Yahoo or ESPN fantasy sports, it is recommended practice to choose one or the other so that the rules of play and experience are aligned. This also provides a single platform to manage, as opposed to many, making the overall management of your teams much simpler.

Your fantasy league will have in-depth insight and reporting into the performance of your players, and you should learn to identify key metrics from these stats. In addition, make use of the Bleacher Report app, as this tool provides customizable updates on player, team and league news. By making use of your tools and having the most updated information, you’ll be able to make effective decisions as a team manager with your players.

Debra Purcell-Regis supports a humble and modest approach to fantasy sports leagues. Many people can often become excessively obnoxious in regards to their sports affiliation. Practice tact and modesty, remember that fantasy sports are simply games meant to be played and enjoyed.