Debbie Dawson-Thomas, MA

Senior Educational Counselor


How many years have you worked in education or direct service?


When did you join Denver Kids?

While I was in Graduate School

What age group(s) do you serve?

High School

What do you enjoy most about working with the students you serve?

I love my students! They have taught me so much about being resilient, strong and courageous.

Describe a student outcome or success that you are most proud of.

When I see a Denver Kids student walking across the stage at graduation and the family is cheering and crying at the same time! It is such an honor to be a part of this moment in their life!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice was given to me in the form of a question. In speaking with parents/guardians, ask, “How may I help you to help your children?” This question really gets to the heart of what we do, and that is, we help people to help themselves.

What makes Denver Kids great is that we are able to establish deep and trusting relationships with our students and families over a long period of time. We are a team!