Young | 303-245-4681

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Core Faculty


BA in Early Childhood Education
BA in Peace Studies


PhD: Education Leadership and Innovation (Focus on early childhood)
EdS: Educational Specialist In Administration, Leadership and Policy (Focus on program development)
MA: Foundations of Education and Curriculum Development (Focus on service learning)
BFA: Photography
BA: Art History, Art Education, Education (Focus on wilderness education for teens at risk)

Deborah Young is a mom of five children. She began her career as a juvenile probation officer with the Boulder County Sheriff's Department. She then taught art at Boulder High School before being drawn into her lifelong commitment of early childhood education and the needs of the poor.

She has a MA in Foundations and Curriculum development, an EdS in Leadership, Policy, and Administration, and a PhD in Education Innovation and Leadership. She began her educational training in Montessori Education with Dr. Caspari and at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. Her educational framework is that of popular education embracing critical pedagogy and participatory action research as way to move towards peace and social justice.

Deborah has set up programs to serve needs locally and internationally. She has volunteered for more than 29 years in many programs serving women and children in impoverished countries. She has combined her academics with service work starting in the Sanctuary movement of the 1980’s sheltering refugee women through to providing education (Facilitated the opening of 18 educational centers and schools) and avenues of empowerment for women and children (Grassroots sustainable education programs).

Deborah has co-founded many schools during the past twenty-nine years including a middle school based on service learning. She has been involved in the charter school movement in Colorado since its inception. She is currently the executive director of The Americas Association for the Care of Children and designs and directs community development programs serving women and children in rural villages and impoverished urban areas of Central America, Asia, and Africa. Deborah’s college classes involve service work commitment and international travel.