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Deborah L. McDonough
Candidate for School Board, At-Large (for the unexpired term to end December 31, 2025)

Deborah McDonough has been an educator for over 20 years. She retired from Newport News Public Schools in the spring of 2023. Her career in education covered a lot of ground, from collaborative special education to Talented and Gifted (TAG) classes, and she has taught every grade from kindergarten to twelfth. She closed out her career in education as a Lead Librarian, with her Virginia license to teach not set to expire until 2033.

Prior to teaching, Mrs. McDonough served the public as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections. It was through developing curriculum for the training of new officers that she discovered her passion for education. It is this passion which now drives her to seek a seat on the Gloucester County. School Board, At-Large.

Teaching Experience

  • Newport News Public Schools (NNPS), 2010-2023  - Lead Teacher Librarian
  • Newport News Public Schools (NNPS), 2003-2010 - Middle School Teacher, Language Arts and Social Studies

  • Longwood University, Farmville, VA - May 2010
    • K-12 Endorsement/Certification (Virginia Department of Education) Library and Information Science
  • Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA - May 2003
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) Teaching/Education
  • Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA - May. 1993
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Governmental Administration (Major) & Legal Studies (Minor)

Professional Licenses

Virginia Teaching License (exp. 2033)
  • Middle School Language Arts
  • Middle School Social Studies
  •  Library Media Specialist K-12