Deborah Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience. A native of Allegany County (Western Maryland), Ms. Phelps received her Master’s degree in Education Management & Supervision from Loyola College (MD) and B.A. in Education from Fairmont State College, from which she received the Outstanding Alumnae honor in 2010 and was the Commencement Speaker in 2009. The proud mother of three children and grandmother of three, Ms. Phelps is the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. A highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps addresses a range of topics related to education, child development, health, and life lessons.
Ms. Phelps began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974 and evolved her experiences from teacher to team leader to department chair, which has served as the foundation of her successful role in administration. Over the course of her distinguished career, Ms. Phelps has developed a state-of-the-art food science lab, designed and implemented award-winning nutrition and food science curriculum and has been actively involved in the successful launch of two middle schools.
Her dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of education has earned Ms. Phelps many honors and accolades, including the Boys and Girls Club’s Champion of Youth Award and a Brava Award from SmartCEO, and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. Ms. Phelps has also been honored as a Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist, a two-time Maryland Family & Consumer Science Teacher of the Year, and Baltimore County’s “Baby Boomer of the Year” (2004).