D. Peppers, Ph.D.
Professional Speaker for over 25 years
Member of National Speakers Association
Radio and Television Talk Show Host National Teachers Hall of
University Instructor/ Retired High School Teacher
From Troubled Teen to Teacher of the Year
100 Pound Weight Loss
Author and Newspaper Columnist
Perfect Presenter for your next event!
If you are looking for a real “pepper upper” to ignite,
challenge and inspire your group, then look no further! Dr. Peppers
“sizzles” with her unique message individualized and
tailor-made just for your group! Her blend of humor, powerful
inspiration, enthusiasm, and unequaled energy are passed on to
her audiences. They leave not only motivated and uplifted, but
also with practical tools and insight to turn their own lives
toward a more positive and productive path.
FROM HALL OF SHAME TO HALL OF FAME
“From Troubled Teen to Teacher of the Year” read
the headline when Debra Peppers was one of only five inducted
into the National Teachers’ Hall of Fame. As a troubled
teen, Debra was a 250-lb. high school dropout who could have “fallen
through the cracks.” But with the love of her parents and
a special teacher, “Miss Alma” (story published in
Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul), her life was radically
turned around. Losing over 100 pounds, receiving a BA in English,
an MA in Education, and a Ph.D. in Communication, Dr. Peppers
now inspires audiences all over the world. Having traveled in
all 50 states and 50 countries, she loves to share her strategies
for initiating change by goal setting and problem-solving. She
emphasizes the importance of finding balance in our lives and
offers a step-by-step plan to implement it! Dr. Peppers shares
real-life success stories from her radio and TV interviews as
well as from some of the 10,000 students she has taught. She addresses
real life issues on her daily 3-hour radio program, aptly titled
Talk From the Heart with Dr. Peppers. She also hosts a weekly
television segment, Shakin' the Salt with Dr. Peppers!
WHY AUDIENCES LOVE HER!
Dr. Peppers’ professional and personal credibility, as
well as her charismatic presentation style makes her a favorite
of audiences everywhere! As a professional speaker for over 25
years, having addressed groups of 20 to 3500, Dr. Peppers has
presented to audiences worldwide. From a small rural Alabama school
to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to schools in Africa –
or keynoting at the Crystal Cathedral’s International Women’s
Conference, Dr. Peppers is the “real thing,” ... at
home wherever she is! She adapts her presentation personally for
each audience, often incorporating original poems and parodies.
Presentations include over 1000 business, community, and educational
groups, as well as key-noting banquets and business meetings.
Debra teaches workshops and faculty courses for many universities
and colleges across the country, and customizes break-out sessions
for any group.
Few of Dr. Peppers' Topics
STUMBLING BLOCKS TO STEPPING STONES
Incorporating stories of famous past "failures", this
motivational presentation is three-fold: to examine and face "stumbling
blocks”– even tragedies in our own lives; to determine
ways and find tools to get past our past; and to use the trials
of the past to help others overcome as well! Debra presents tested
ideas for improvement in both our personal and professional lives.
She leaves the audience with renewed hope, tools, and a plan to
ON FIRE OR BURNED OUT
This hard-hitting presentation is a "wake-up call" for
each of us to make daily attitude adjustments. Learning how our
physiological and intellectual responses are often dictated by
our emotions, Dr. Peppers gives examples and practical tools for
becoming proactive instead of reactive. Strategies for personal
communication skills in dealing with even the most difficult people
in the most difficult situations, leave the audience with great
fuel for preventing "burn out".
CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
In both our professional and personal lives, we waste so much
time and energy trying to figure out why those around us act the
way they do – and why we react accordingly! Once we realize
that we all have different personality styles, we can use our
individual limitations as well as our unique gifts in all situations.
Debra demonstrates the importance of interpersonal communication
skills and the necessity for being interdependent so we can “synergize”
and work together for good. By using learned approaches to our
differences, the most difficult people among us can be reached.
(Descriptions available on request)
- Conflict Resolution
- Assertiveness Training
- Positive Risk Taking
- Lose the Weight of the World
- Communicating with Excellence
- Beyond Cultures
- Leadership: It’s Not Easy at the Top
- “Special” Needs and At-Risk Students
- Take off the Mask and Get Real!
- Creativity in the Workplace
of Debra’s Radio and Television Guests
•President George W. Bush •V.P. and Mrs. Dick Cheney
•Tipper Gore •Mary Lou Retton •US Attorney General
John Ashcroft •Richard Gephardt, •Kurt Warner, Rams
MVP •Pat Boone •Charlie Daniels •Columbine Students
•Jim Nabors •Secretary of Education Richard Riley
•Secretary of Education Rod Paige, plus hundreds of authors,
recording artists, and celebrities. Her favorite segment is “Unsung
Heroes” where Dr. Peppers interviews people of all ages
and backgrounds who have left their mark in local communities,
schools and neighborhoods.
Honors, Awards, and Publications
Author of It's Your Turn Now, How I Lost 100 Pounds and Gained
New Life (audio tape series), The Gift of Hope (audio tape series),
features in Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, God Allows
U-Turns, High School's Best Practices, and soon to be published,
A Parent's Worst Nightmare and Speak To Be Heard, member of the
National Teachers Hall of Fame, State winner of the National Federation
of Press Women Speech Competition, National Speakers Association
Showcase Award winner, Teacher of the Year, St. Louis Hometown
Hero, Outstanding Alumni Award, Presenter of Emmy Awards, International
Who's Who: Professional Management, Excellence in Teaching Award,
Women of Achievement Award, Kiwanis Golden Rule Award, Missouri
State Resolution Honor, Bob Costas Radio feature, Recommendation
for Senate Task Force, author/creator of the Emmy Award winning
CHOICES, Act Your Age, Teaching With Class, Puzzles and Paradigms,
and featured in The High Performing Teacher.
people are saying
“Dr. Debra Peppers, of the National Teachers Hall of
Fame, overcame setbacks to become a huge success. She now inspires
others to better themselves for real life success as well.”
Bob Costas, sportscaster and television personality.
“We sincerely appreciate your highly instructive and
inspiring address. We know our administrators left re-energized
and excited about their important leadership roles.”
Dr. Gale Hulme, Executive Director of Professional Development,
Atlanta, GA (Gwinnett)
“Dr. Peppers is living proof that all of us can overcome
obstacles. We have had her back several times and I guarantee
you will leave motivated and inspired!”
Dr. J.M.Galloway, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN.
“Troubled Teen to Teacher of the Year” read a headline
when Dr. Debra Peppers was inducted into the National Teachers’
Hall of Fame. This honor, bestowed upon only five nationally recognized
teachers, was presented to her in Washington DC by the Secretary
of Education. Speaking professionally for 28 years and receiving
numerous awards, Debra has traveled to every state and 50 foreign
Dr. Peppers grew up in a traditional family but at sixteen, weighing
250 pounds, she dropped out of high school, experimented with
alcohol and drugs, ran away from home and could have “fallen
through the cracks”. But with her parents’ love, the
encouragement of a teacher, and her eventual faith, her life turned
around. Having lost over 100 pounds and earning a Ph.D., Debra
loves to motivate and inspire audiences all over the world. An
award-winning educator of 30 years, author, university instructor,
host of a weekly TV segment called “Shakin’ the Salt
with Dr. Peppers”, and monthly columnist for a St. Louis
newspaper are a few of her accolades. In her seventh-year as host
of a daily 3-hour radio program, “Talk From the Heart”,
Debra also has been featured in numerous books and publications,
including Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, Best Classroom
Practices, and her own It’s Your Turn Now! As recent keynote
presenter at the Crystal Cathedral’s International Women’s
Conference along with Elizabeth Dole, Debra’s speech won
a national award with the National Federation of Press Women.
Having been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs
nationwide, Dr. Peppers was recently featured in a television
pilot for God Allows U-Turns, based on her biographical story
featured in the book of the same name.
A member of the National Speaker’s Association with a BA
in English/Speech, an MA in Education and a Ph.D. in Communication,
Dr. Peppers received both the Distinguished Graduate Award and
Outstanding Alumni 2000 from Webster University where she has
been on the adjunct faculty for the past eight years. She resides
in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband of 30 years.