As swimmer Michael Phelps won his 22nd Olympic medal (his 18th Gold) he lovingly tossed his Olympic bouquet to his mother in the stands. Debbie Phelps watched like the rest of the world as her son broke records in his fourth and final Olympics in London. As the mother of the Greatest Olympian of All Time, Debbie Phelps has been by her son Michael Phelps side from the beginning. Watching Debbie live through the excitement of Michael's eight gold medal races in the 2008 Beijing Olympics quickly became "must-see TV." She exemplified what every American was feeling as Michael captured a piece of Olympic history. JOHNSON'S ® Baby recognized Debbie's devotion to her children by naming her "Mom of the Olympic Game."
Debbie is also widely recognized as an innovative, energetic and talented teacher and principal with more than three decades of teaching and administrative experience. Debbie is Principal of Windsor Middle School in the Baltimore County Public Schools system. Her dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of education has earned Deborah many 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).
A highly sought after motivational speaker and author, Deborah addresses a range of topics related to education, child development, and life lessons. As a celebrated public speaker, Deborah 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.
Debbie is also author if the book A Mother for All Seasons, which reveals the universal themes of her life story. Her newest book is rich with struggle, humor, hope, advice and passion, rallying readers to cheer for all of our children at every stage of their growth and in every endeavor.
Debbie serves on multiple business and community-advisory boards including the Board of Directors of the Maryland Center for Character Education and American Students’ Fund, 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, such as 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. Deborah is also a spokeswoman for Chico’s.
Awards and Accolades
· Baltimore County Public School’s Teacher of the Year Finalist, two-time
· Maryland Family & Consumer Science Teacher of the Year
· Baltimore County’s Baby Boomer of the Year (2004)
· A Mother for All Seasons
Debbie was amazing!!! She was a smashing success at our event and I couldn't be more pleased! The dinner last evening was also a huge success and one woman told me there was "so much love" shared among the group.... And, the interview today went extremely well....Ann Taylor, the writer told me they were both laughing and crying and it was the best interview she has done! Lastly, the book signing was terrific! Debbie took time with each guest and asked about their life in order to write a lovely personal note in each book. She was so warm and kind!
Deborah was an amazingly engaged speaker and interacted with the crowd before, during and after her presentation. We were truly delighted with her presentation as was our audience. A big thank you to Deborah and the entire team who helped to make this a reality for Harford County Public Library’s first ever Women’s Summit.