Deborah Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administer experience. The proud mother of three children and grandmother of two, Ms. Phelps is the Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools. A highly sought after motivational speaker and recent author, Ms. Phelps addresses a range of topics related to education, child development 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 to 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 honors including Baltimore County Public School’s Teacher of the Year Finalist, two-time Maryland Family & Consumer Science Teacher of the Year, and Baltimore County’s “Baby Boomer of the Year” (2004).
Beyond the school halls, Ms. Phelps is also affectionately known as a “swim mom” to three accomplished swimmers; her daughters Hilary (University of Richmond) and Whitney (U.S. Olympic Trials), and son, Michael (22-time Olympic gold medalist). She recently added “author” to her resume with the release of her first book, A Mother for All Seasons, in which she reveals the universal themes of her life story that is rich with struggle, humor, hope, advice and passion and rallies readers to cheer for all of our children at every stage of their growth and in every endeavor.
Ms. Phelps has served on multiple business and community-advisory boards including the Board of Directors of the Maryland Character Education and American Students’ Fund. Ms. Phelps has also been a member of the “Kids Helping Hopkins” Board of Directors, as well as a board member for Northwest Hospital. She has been actively involved with a variety of charity organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic region, Pathfinders for Autism, and John’s Hopkins Shock Trauma Medical Center among others.
A highly sought after public speaker, Ms. Phelps has addressed various education conferences and business seminars including Every Child Matters Education Fund, POWERED by ME!, Strategic Air & Space Museum’s Brain Educators Conference, and Children’s Mental Health Institute among others.
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. She currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Mother of Olympic Icon Michael Phelps
Deborah Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administer experience. The proud mother of three children a...