About Deb

“I love giving kids and adults the concepts and skills they need to ‘take charge’, make their best decisions, and most importantly, act on them. I also trust their hearts: they all are kind, caring and positive when they make choices that come from their hearts.

What does it mean to truly empower kids and adults? I believe this lies in teaching them the concepts and process that help them realize the power they have to do the right thing. It is also about people listening to their hearts and being their true selves – feeling feeling confident in who they are and knowing the strengths each has to contribute in a positive way.”

Deb Chisholm 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 Responsive Classroom, Professional Learning Communities, Life Coaching, Positive Psychology, she was a Program Leader for Coaching for Great Work, and a Developmental Assets trainer. She has been a passionate advocate for parents, and teacher & student empowerment, 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 & Training, with a strong emphasis on the empowerment program she created: MePower™.