Debra Ponec, Ed.D., NCC

Debra Ponec, EdD, NCC

University of Nebraska -  Lincoln
Professor of Education

Dr. Debra L. Ponec earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a focus in foundations of education and school counseling.  She possesses masters degrees in Elementary School Counseling (Creighton University) and Special Education - Learning Disabilities (University of Nebraska - Omaha.)  Prior to coming to Creighton, Dr. Ponec taught special education classes for Omaha Public Schools and was an elementary school counselor within the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Dr. Ponec currently teaches graduate-level courses in Counselor Education and the foundations course within the initial professional sequence in teacher education.  Her research interests include guidance and counseling curriculum for public/private schools and program evaluation, building professional relationships within school communities, and integrating immigrant students and their families within school communities.  Dr. Ponec is co-author of Growing in Love: a Guidance and Counseling Curriculum for Catholic Elementary Schools which was published by the National Catholic Education Association.  She recently completed an immersion project providing insight to schools for the integration of immigrant students and their families.  Dr. Ponec is available for speeches, presentations, workshops, or school consulting related to guidance and counseling curriculum and programs and for designing curriculum and/or experiences for integrating all students within the school community.