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Deb Murray

Deb Murray

Debby Murray has served on the PESLSF board since 2003. She is a past President and now serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Her initial involvement grew out of a passion for teaching English as a Second Language at Portland High School, Barber Foods and until recently, Portland Adult Education.

She grew up in Connecticut, attended the University of Denver, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine. Debby went back to school at a later stage in her life to earn an MS Education from USM. Having children in the Portland school system inspired her to teach ESOL students and later, their parents. She has never looked back on that decision, finding personal rewards in her connections with her students.

Other interests include serving on the Advisory Board of Portland Ovations, serving in various leadership positions at her church and on the island where she spends summers. She volunteers her time for the Animal Refuge League and Crossroads for Women. In addition, Debby loves to travel, keep bees, hike and read.

Participating on the PESLSF board has been an enriching experience because of the gratitude we get from our scholarship recipients. The small boost we give can make a large difference in the life of an immigrant and it will always be important to me to ensure we can award scholarships to our deserving applicants.