About Deb

“I love giving parents the concepts and skills they need to feel confident, ‘take charge’, make their best decisions, and most importantly, act on them. This is the process of becoming the parent you want to be, and when you’ve done that, family relationships are more kind, thoughtful, and fun.”

Deb is a life-long professional in education who has worked closely with her teaching colleagues, parents, and students for 40 years. Her strengths-based approach to teaching, learning and coaching began with her studies 35 years ago in Adlerian Psychology, Reality Therapy and Cooperative Learning. She facilitated many Teacher Study Groups, Parent Study Groups, and taught graduate courses in Cooperative Learning for the University of Vermont.

More recently Deb has engaged in studying Professional Learning Communities, Life Coaching and Positive Psychology. She was a Program Leader for Coaching for Great Work, a Developmental Assets trainer, and the Vital Education Team Leader at the Coaching Center of Vermont. She has been a passionate advocate for the empowerment of parents and young people, supporting positive changes in all environments. She has been an elementary teacher, middle and elementary school counselor, undergrad & graduate level instructor, and PLC (Professional Learning Communities) facilitator. Her world has been enriched by the diversity, compassion and creativity of those she has developed relationships with through all these experiences.

Deb has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in School Counseling. She has achieved the Certified Masteries Coach status with the International Association of Coaching, is a certified Retirement Options Coach, and a Board Certified Coach. During her career as an innovator in education, she received the Vermont School Counselor of the Year Award, Teacher of the Year in Chittenden East Supervisory Union, and was the Vermont nominee for the US Dept. of Education’s Christa McAuliffe Award in School Counseling.

Currently she is the owner of Deb Chisholm Coaching, with a strong emphasis on the empowerment program she created: MePower®. When Deb isn’t working, you’ll likely find her outdoors, in the woods or on the lake!

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