Deborah Hibbitt

Deborah Hibbitt is a 35 year veteran of the Miami-Dade County Public school system. She began her career working with Cuban, Haitian, and South American immigrants and tourists as an ESL teacher, then taught Advanced Placement English Literature at the local high school for 23 years. She is presently teaching ninth grade gifted English at Terra Environmental Research Institute in Miami, Florida.

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Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird Through a New Lens After 35 Years

Posted by Deborah Hibbitt on April 11, 2017

I have spent my whole life living in the south but often find conflict between my roots as a southerner and the complicated history of racism. As a teacher for 35 years, I’ve tried to use literature to develop empathy and understanding to combat bigotry and hatred. To Kill a Mockingbird has long been one of the novels I’ve used to attempt this.

I am always ready to learn something new so when I learned about Facing History’s workshop, “A New Approach to Teaching Mockingbird,” I was intrigued. It turns out I found deeper connections to the novel than I had ever anticipated—some that took me all the way back to my childhood in the south.  

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Professional Development, Teaching Resources, workshop, race

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