Deborah Tacon has been teaching in the ALP since 2005 and is also an adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College. She previously taught in the ESL programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fordham University and in the New York City public schools. Her background is in dance and theatre, having been a performer, teacher, and choreographer for many years and on the faculty of Vassar College and Barnard College, among other schools. Deborah has a BFA from University of North Carolina, an M.A. from Wesleyan University, and Post-Masters Teaching Certification from Manhattanville College.