Welcome to my page. My name is Deena Perkins and I'm the High School Social Studies teacher here at Gateway DAEP. This is my fifth year at Gateway and I love being here. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism, a master's degree in social work and am certified to teach social studies, grades 6-12 (all at the University of Texas at Austin. Yes, they have gotten a lot of my money).
This is my third career, so I bring a lot of life experience into the classroom, including as a newspaper reporter, graphic designer, public relations representative, social worker, policy analyst and lobbyist for a non-profit. I also worked in a Texas representative's office, so I have vast knowledge of local, state and the federal government.
I have two sons. The oldest is 21 and is in his junior year at the University of British Columbia, studying microbiology. The youngest is 19 and a sophomore at the University of Minnesota (go Golden Gophers!) where he is studying psychology. They, along with my husband, dog and three cats, make up my immediate family. I am lucky to have all of them in my life and love spending as much time as I can with them. My other favorite things to do are exercising and reading - mostly history (yes, I do that in my spare time as well as for my job!).
I know it is a cliche, but I got into teaching because I really want to make a difference, I love kids, and I love history and government. As a social worker, I believe I bring a unique perspective and experience to Gateway.
Every student who walks through the doors of this school is special and I hope that I can not only give them knowledge about the subject in which they are enrolled, but knowledge they can apply to real life. I also hope I can give them the tools to feel self-confident and positive about themselves when they leave our campus.
Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns.