Deborah Eaton Curtis – better known as Debba – was an teacher of History for 33 years at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. A member of the first co-ed class at Williams College, her long career included a role as Assistant District Attorney in New York City in the 1970’s.

Overcoming many challenges in her life, including the loss of her eyesight in her 40’s, Debba’s grit, determination, and sense of humor, were a constant inspiration to the many generations of students and teachers whose lives she touched.

Debba had a natural talent for Leadership and Innovation, combining them with flair as an educator who frequently directed plays and lead successful Mock Trial and Model United Nations teams.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2016, she continued to work full time until nearly the end of her life in 2017. As INNOVATION 4.0 was piloted in Flint and East Cleveland in January and February 2017, she played a major role in curriculum development over phone calls and emails.

The Curtis Leadership Foundation was founded by her sons Will and Ned, in collaboration with their friends and colleagues, to celebrate the life of Debba Curtis and to share her spirit and passion for education with the world.