Deanna Nibarger is a research associate with the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Nibarger supports the growth of educational neuroscience and social emotional learning throughout the state of Indiana. As the leader of Social and Emotional Learning in MSD Washington Township, Nibarger teaches, plans, shares, leads, and facilitates opportunities to engage students, faculty and staff illustrating the importance of neuroanatomy, the brain’s stress response and calming the brain through regulation.
Nibarger attended Indiana University as part of the Teaching All Learners Program and earned a dual license in Elementary and Special Education. She earned a Master’s Degree from Butler University’s Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals program in 2016. She has also received a Neuroscience Certificate from Butler University.
Educational neuroscience is intuitive. It feels right because it is right. We all can connect to this work because each of us is a human being. I have seen the practices transform classrooms, students, teachers, and families. I am a better educator because of my mindset, but also a better wife, mother, friend, colleague, and person.