Portrait of educator Deborah Luckett

ASSET’s Deborah Luckett Wins Duquesne University School of Education’s “Mind, Heart, and Spirit of Educational Leadership Award”

Deborah Luckett, Associate Executive Director of ASSET Inc. and a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program in the Duquesne University School of Education, was presented with the "Mind, Heart, and Spirit of Educational Leadership Award" for 2020 on December 5.


These prestigious awards are presented annually to members of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership cohort in the second year of their program. One of three awardees, Luckett was selected for the honor by her peers because she exemplifies educational leadership impact that engages the mind, heart, and spirit in the moment of action.


The Mind, Heart, and Spirit of Educational Leadership Award has been a tradition within the Duquesne University School of Education since 2007. Among other criteria, this award honors educators who inspire and encourage personal and professional growth in others, exemplify integrity and ethics, and serve as inclusive role models who advocate for human difference, equality, equity, and respect.


“To be selected by one’s peers is a deeply meaningful honor, and one that she so richly deserves,” said Dr. Connie Moss, Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program.


ASSET executive director Sarah Toulouse agrees. “Deborah is our anchor, and we are so proud of what she is achieving at ASSET and Duquesne. Her leadership, resilience and commitment to education inspire us every day.”


Deborah Luckett has been inspiring educators through professional learning and leadership at ASSET Inc. since 2007. A former classroom educator, her previous honors include Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) National Honor Roll Teacher, and Milken Family Foundation National Educator.


Awardees receive a plaque and a check, with a portion of the funds to go toward books on leadership for their personal professional leadership library. In 2021, Luckett will share an overview of one of her selected books with the entire Educational Leadership community. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program will also purchase copy of this book to be housed and displayed as part of the doctoral program’s permanent leadership library and will bear her photo, signature, and date of the award.



Founded in 1994, ASSET Inc. is an education improvement nonprofit headquartered in Pennsylvania which provides coaching and professional learning services for educators nationally. ASSET’s specialized approach to teacher support, mentoring and project-based learning has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and other leading education organizations as a model for achieving student success through excellence in teaching. For more information, visit assetinc.org.