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Beijing City International School:  Early Childhood Center Principal

Debra Cota


Debra was born in Minnesota, United States of America. Debra has spent her life surrounded by children, being one of eight siblings. Debra graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She earned a Master’s in Early Childhood and Leadership from Walden University. Debra has taught grades 2, 5 and 6 in Minnesota and Texas. When Debra had her own children she realized the early years was her specialty. She opened her own preschool program in Minnesota and ran that until she and her family moved to Ankara, Turkey. Debra learned the PYP while teaching and Turkey and specifically PYP in the Early Years.

Debra is joining BCIS after spending 9 years in Santiago, Chile where she was a kindergarten teacher and most recently Principal of the Early Years School for the past 4 years. Debra is very excited to share her passion and experiences of working with young learners with the BCIS community.