Deborah Gleeson was born and raised in Lynn, MA. Even as child she was a natural-born nurturer, who excelled in academics and loved messy, creative activities and the great outdoors, evidenced by her five years as a Girl Scout. By the time she was applying to college, her pursuit of elementary education and teaching was not even a question. Post graduation and a few years of work, Debbie decided to take some time off from teaching to raise her family of three daughters with her husband. When Debbie returned to teaching several years later, she discovered a newfound passion for early childhood development, but also found the state of education at that time to be disheartening. As a result, she began attending graduate school at Antioch University New England and, for her Master’s thesis project, decided to establish The Nature of Things, LLC. Almost two decades later, that small prekindergarten class has grown into a full campus with a childcare center, elementary and middle school, summer camp, and working farm, all with curricula designed by Debbie herself. She continues to approach teaching with tireless passion and the ultimate goal to provide the best educational experience possible to her students.
In 2015, Debbie’s school was awarded “Women Owned Business of the Year” for both New Hampshire and New England, from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In 2016, she was nominated for “Business of the Year Award” from Enterprise Bank’s Celebration of Excellence.