Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE)

Self-Reflections of an Educational Leader

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Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education and student group, UNITE (Urban Needs in Teacher Education) welcome former school administrator Deborah Phelps for her lecture, “Self-Reflections of an Educational Leader,” on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall West, with a reception beginning at 5:30 pm. UNITE is a student-run organization of emerging educators who work to alleviate apprehensions and shift perspectives on the stereotypes of urban education.

Phelps—a teacher, community leader, and mother of three—worked as an educator and administrator in the Baltimore County Public Schools for four decades, including six years as principal of Windsor Mill Middle. She now serves schools in a different capacity as the director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Schools Inc., an organization that provides funding for county school programs and initiatives.

During her lecture, Phelps will draw wisdom from her experiences as a community organizer inside and outside of the classroom, and share the benefit of uniting students, teachers, parents, and the community. Additionally, Phelps will examine the importance of making school curriculum culturally relevant and thus, meaningful, for the community.

Phelps received a Master of Education Management and Supervision from Loyola in 1998.