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Dreams ARE Real

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Powerful conversations with incredible Entrepreneurs and Creatives all around the world will empower you to dispel the emotions of fear, worry, or self-doubt and know that, whatever your goals, you’ve got this! Why? Because Dreams ARE Real.Dan McPherson, International Speaker and Founder of Leaders … read more


Ep 77: Step back and start over! Reimagining our education system and Innovative Education Expert Debbie Elder

Debbie Elder is convinced we need an entirely new and different approach to education. With an incredible array of experience, she’s a truly innovative education expert and the owner and head of school at Shady Oak Primary School.

Listen and you’ll hear how incredibly clear Debbie is about what’s needed to stop the broken patterns in our current educational system. In fact, her school is modeling the solution right now at Shady Oak Primary and the incredible results speak for themselves.


About Our Guest:

Debbie 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 June of 2014 Debbie’s second book Share Your Message with the World achieved international best seller status. Under her direction and guidance her Summer Success Summit students ages 7 – 14 have published four books in their series What Every Cool Kids Deserves to Know. Debbie became the owner and Head of School of Shady Oak Primary School 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 who had committed very serious crimes. As a therapeutic foster parent she raised teenage girls 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 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! In October of 2019 her Tedx Talk Your Child is Redundant was recorded and approved.

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About the Host:

Dan McPherson, International Speaker, Business and Personal Development Coach, and CEO of Leaders Must Lead, is on a mission to help Creatives and Entrepreneurs create and grow profit and understand that Dreams ARE Real. With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate roles leading teams of up to 2000 and responsible for more than $150M in revenue, Dan is a recognized expert in leadership, sales, and business strategy.

Through his Leaders Must Learn Mastermind, Dreams ARE Real Podcast, Foundations of Success Training, and powerful 1-1 coaching, Dan helps hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world from musicians and artists to chiropractors, coaches, retailers, and beyond experience success and accomplish their goals.

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