Debra Nesbitt believes spending time with family is important. She lives with her husband, Alan, her three kids, and the residents of Keller Dorm. Nesbitt is currently in her 16th year as a residence life coordinator of Keller.
“My kids really like being dorm kids,” she says. “My two older children interacted more with the students when they were younger, but my youngest still loves to be out in the lobby meeting as many people as possible. We all love to have such a huge family.”
Nesbitt actually grew up in the dorm as the daughter of a dorm dad. She loved helping her dad close down the dorm for breaks, and she says it felt like home to come back and do the job herself.
“My favorite part about being a dorm mom is being able to stay in the lives of the students and to give them a home away from home — a place where they feel connected and comfortable,” she says. “I love building the relationship and getting to know each person. It’s such a blessing to have such a fun job!”
Whether it’s playing games, eating a meal, or just having conversations about life, Nesbitt says that her family tries to find any moment they can to spend time together.
“It doesn’t really matter what we are doing — just spending the time together is where we get the time to talk and stay involved in each others lives,” she says. “I love walking through this life with these guys. God was so gracious to give us each other to walk with. They are always so supportive, encouraging and a safe place where we hold each other accountable. I want more than anything to be with them all in heaven.”
Hannah Owens, director of news services