Phone: 281-634-2035


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Nursing Certified Personal Trainer Health Sciences teacher certified CPR Instructor for American Heart Association

Ms. Lea R. DeBarbieris


I have been teaching at Austin in the Health Sciences program since 2000.  I grew up outside of Albany, NY, and while in high school, was in a course that offered career-shadowing in a live clinical setting much like the Health Science courses in Fort Bend.  I have a BS in Nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. After college graduation, I worked at Duke Hospital on an adolescent medical-surgical unit. After Duke, I worked as a pediatric nursing supervisor at a federally funded clinic and ultimately, on a grant-funded program that focused on adolescent community health. Because of a move to Texas, and after starting a family, I didn’t return to nursing, but rather shifted to the fitness industry.  Prior to coming to Austin High School, I worked for several years as a certified personal trainer.  I feel that teaching has been fundamental in every career in which I have been involved. 

The Health Science courses emphasize the development of positive work behaviors, as well as, a basic understanding of the health care industry. Students explore factors to consider in career selection as they learn about the functional divisions within the industry. There are many healthcare workers represented across the spectrum of careers who are Austin Health Science alums.

My husband is a competitive cyclist and enjoys taking on major home improvement projects. I have three grown children who are all pursuing rewarding careers, personal endeavors and otherwise, building their own families and lives. We now have one big dog, having just lost our elderly lab recently. While I engage in a number of fitness pursuits, I especially like hot yoga, which helps my mental and physical well-being.


Please note: Syllabi are on Schoology. Curriculum continues to be written.

  • Class schedule


    1st period:  Principles of Health Science


    2nd period:  Principles of Health Science


    3rd period:  Health Science Theory 


    4th period:  Conference


    5th period:  Health Science Theory


    6th period:  Health Science Theory


    7th period:  Principles of Health Science


Teacher Tutorial Schedule

  • Tutorials by appointment
    Students should arrange specific dates and times for additional help.  Most will be immediately after school, but in some cases could be scheduled during a lunch if necessary.