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Debbie Elder


Debbie ElderDebbie Elder is the nation’s leader in motivating students to be peak performers! In September 2013, Debbie became a best-selling author. She co-authored a book with Brian Tracy titled Against the Grain. In October 2013, Debbie became the owner and Director of Shady Oak Primary School. She will assume ownership in August 2014; this school serves grades 1 – 5 in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Her varied background has equipped her to deal with any child under any circumstance. While working at the Calgary Young Offender Center, in Alberta Canada, she ran the disciplinary unit that housed males between the ages of 12 – 18 whom had committed very serious crimes. As a therapeutic foster parent she raised teenage girls whom came to her with severe behavioral issues. Debbie was named the Therapeutic Foster Parent of the year in 1993. 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 behavior management techniques for the classroom. Debbie enjoyed speaking to audiences each week that welcomed 800 – 1200 teachers. She also ran a very unique after school program for students in grades 3 – 12. This particular after school program empowers 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 grade 6 – 12. This school taught to the ‘whole child’ using accelerated learning methods coupled with success strategies used by the top producers in Corporate America. The concept proved to be so well received that Debbie opened 14 additional schools across the country over the next 6 years.

In a continued effort to meet the needs of her students, Debbie practiced as a college planner. The unique process helped parents afford college and ensured the student was ready to be admitted and had 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 of his time badgering his son to finish his daily assignments. But when Alex had the opportunity to attend Set Them Up For Success – The Homework Hangout all that changed, he came home feeling successful and satisfied with the progress he had made and knowing that all of his homework was complete. Alex and his father enjoyed evenings together without any stress or bickering; family harmony was restored.

Debbie is the owner of the Set Them Up For Success 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 or 832.419.1455 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.

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 the director of the Sugar Land chapter of the Public Speakers Association.

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Phone: 832.419.1455