Deborah Coates has earned a B.A. in Religion , Art and Education with concentrations in Photography and Painting from Meredith College ; M.A.Ed. from East Carolina University; taught Art for 6 years at Perquimans Co. High in Hertford NC and 25 years at Cooper/Clayton Middle School in Clayton. Works in Digital Photography, mixed media painting and needle felting. She has won recently won several awards in each of these mediums.