Mrs. Maxie began her teaching career in 1973 in the school district where she was educated Kindergarten – 12th grades, the Chicago Public Schools, as a physical education teacher before moving into the field of counseling. In 1979, Mrs. Maxie relocated to San Diego where she immediately joined the teaching force of the San Diego Unified School District.
Working at one of our state’s most diverse inner city high schools has been home to Mrs. Maxie since 1991. For 20 years she was one of the campus counselors before being promoted to her current position as Vice Principal (since 2012).
Mrs. Maxie is a graduate of Lincoln University of Missouri (the first in her family to graduate from a 4 year institution) where she earned a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Psychology.
Mrs. Maxie was named the 79th Assembly District’s 2015 Woman Leader of the Year in the field of education by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and she received the Unsung Hero 2015 Award for service in the field of education by the Association of African American Educators. She is an active member of AAAE, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
“I have made it my lifelong passion to help others get an education in whatever field they desire. If there is a reason or challenge that alters or stops a person from pursuing their dream, it is usually tied to finances, not their inner drive or desire. By serving on the Student Aid Commission, I can be in a position to influence future decisions regarding financial support for those that most need their assistance.” I state this from my own firsthand experience, as I see me in the students and families that I work with each and everyday.
Debra and her husband maintain duel-residences (with homes in San Diego and Chicago), allowing them time with their combined family of 7 adult children and 4 grandchildren.