Debbie Elder is the nation’s leader in motivating students to be peak performers. Her varied background has equipped her to work with any child under any circumstance. While working at the Calgary Young Offender Center early on in her career, she ran the disciplinary unit that housed males between the ages of 12 – 18 who had committed very serious crimes. Her passion for working with troubled youth continued as a therapeutic foster parent, where she raised teenage girls who came to her with severe behavior issues. In 1993, Debbie was named the Therapeutic Foster Parent of the Year.
After moving to Houston, Texas, Debbie worked as a substitute teacher at the local elementary school and spent two years teaching Pre-K. In 2003, Debbie joined the Appelbaum Training Institute, ATi and traveled the country training in behavior management techniques for the classroom. Debbie enjoyed speaking to audiences each week that welcomed 800 – 1200 teachers. Following this venture, she ran a very unique afterschool program for student in grades 3 – 12. This program empowered kids of all ages to take ownership of their school work, develop success strategies, and increase their level of self-awareness. At the request of her clients, Debbie opened a private school that serviced students in grades 6 – 1 and focused on teaching to the whole child using accelerated learning methods coupled with success strategies used by the top producers in corporate America. The concept was so well received that Debbie opened 14 additional schools across the country.
In a continued effort to meet the needs of her students, Debbie practiced as a college planner. In this role, Debbie utilized a unique process to help parents afford college and ensure their student was ready to be admitted, including the skills to complete college in a timely fashion. In 2013, a former parent of one of Debbie’s students requested that she return to her after-school program. He went on to explain to her the profound effect the program had on his family. He shared with Debbie that prior to her program he felt like the ‘Homework Police’ and spent way too much his time badgering his son to finish his daily assignments, but when his son had the opportunity to attend “X” all that changed. He came home feeling successful and satisfied with the progress he had made, and felt relieved that all of his homework was complete. He and his father enjoyed evenings together without any stress or bickering. Family harmony was restored.
Debbie is a passionate international speaker who “edutains” her audiences. She loves to share her incredible knowledge in simple steps that can be implemented immediately. Her easy going style is loved and accepted by audiences of all ages. She has experience speaking to students, teachers, corporate America, entrepreneurs and people who want to be successful at life. She is also the director of the Sugar Land chapter of the Public Speakers Association.
Debbie is the owner of “X” franchise and is looking for passionate people who are ready to make a difference in the lives of the students in their area. Contact Debbie Elder at ________________ if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.