Debra studied at the University of Reading, where she gained a degree in Classics. She still has a keen interest in ancient literature especially epic poetry. She worked as an unqualified teacher of English at a mixed comprehensive school in Reading for three years until she secured a place on the ITT course also at the University of Reading. She gained her QTS in 2014 whilst working at a The Holt School in Wokingham. Debra has worked alongside colleagues developing the use of technology and social media for learning in the classroom. She is an avid reader.