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MAJ Debra Pugh

Languages Chair, English Faculty

Mrs. Debra Pugh was born and raised in Richwood, WV. After high school she attended West Virginia Institute of Technology; however, she withdrew at the end of the year when she realized that she had no idea what she wanted to do. After moving to New Jersey, she received an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Burlington County Community College. She continued her education at Concord College, in Athens, WV, with a Bachelor’s in Literature. She then went to Radford University, where she was awarded a Master’s degree in Literature.

She started at Hargrave in 2006 where she has taught the spectrum of courses in dual-enrollment, honors and standard level English, Speech, Creative Writing, and SAT Prep.

Mrs. Pugh is currently the English and Languages Department Chair. Having taught for four years at the college level, the thing she loves the most about teaching at Hargrave is providing a safe place for students to make mistakes that are a necessary part of the learning process.

It is OK for students to make mistakes, but we have to own our mistakes. I make mistakes all the time. I would much rather they make those mistakes in my classroom and learn from them now, rather than make them in another environment where the outcomes could be far more damaging and not at all positive.

— MAJ Debra Pugh