A native of Tyler, Texas, Debera graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She continued her education at Texas Southern University obtaining a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, Certification in Mid-Management, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration.
Debera served in the K-12 educational arena for 39 years all with the Houston Independent School District as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal of Joseph J. Rhoads Elementary School, achieving the performance rating of Exemplary in 2009 and 2010 and J. R. Reynolds Elementary from 2010-2015. Dr. Balthazar was also selected as 2010 Region IV Elementary Principal of the Year –HISD South Region.
Debera joined Walden University in 2009 as a Contributing Faculty member in the Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership and has taught classes in Teacher Education, Adult Education, and Higher Education.
BS, University of North Texas
MEd, Texas Southern University
Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Texas Southern University
EdD, Texas Southern University