Junior Achievement of Central Maryland has appointed award-winning educator, Deborah S. Phelps, to a three-year term on its board of directors.
A 38-year veteran with the Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) system, Phelps currently serves as director of the Towson-based Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. Her responsibilities include increasing awareness of the Foundation and developing its process of reviewing and awarding innovative educational grants to expand the supplemental resources available to teachers.
“We are delighted to have Debbie bring her many years of experience in Maryland education to our board,” said Jennifer Bodensiek, president and CEO for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. “Her insights will help to ensure that our programs remain relevant to educators as we expand our outreach in the state and aim to foster college and career readiness among the 40,000 students we serve each year.”
Phelps, who received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fairmont State College and a Master of Education Management and Supervision degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, has been honored throughout her career for accomplishments in education and leadership. Most recently, she was presented with a 2013 Women in Leadership Award at The Women’s Center 27th Annual Leadership Conference - The Power of Purpose.
Active in the community, Phelps also serves on boards for a number of other organizations, including Notre Dame University of Maryland, the Michael Phelps Foundation and Northwest Hospital. The Baltimore City resident is the proud mother of three grown children: Hilary Phelps, Whitney Flickinger and Michael Phelps, the retired Olympic swimmer.Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for kindergarten through 12th grade students which focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Founded in 1957, the non-profit organization annually serves more than 40,000 students throughout Central Maryland. For more information, visit www.jamaryland.org.