Meet Debi

Debi’s story

Hi, my name is Debi. I am a wife, mother, hip grandmother, teacher, CEO, certified life coach, and national speaker. I am also a simple woman who tries my best every day to follow Christ. My mission and life journey is to develop and empower individuals to have a balanced life. To me, a balanced life includes being balanced in 4 areas: Intellectually, Socially, Physically, and Spiritually. Whatever your dreams and goals are, I can help you. I am here to listen, encourage, motivate, and push you on your path of creating the best version of you that there can be.

[read class=”readmore” more=”Read More” less=”Close”]Debi started two business from the ground up: “Uncle Buck’s Wholesale” in 1996 and “Rising Star Montessori” in 2000. She left the corporate management world to create Uncle Buck’s Wholesale in order to have more time for her newborn son and Rising Star Montessori Academy to give her son a place to continue his early years of education. Now the school has grown from 16 students to 73. The school focuses on scholarship, character building, teaching high values, team building, and leadership.

Debi’s third company is called “deb-i” which stands for developing & empowering balanced indivIduals. She spreads this message through life coaching, speaking, teaching, running camps, and blogging at

As a certified coach, Debi focuses on youth coaching and youth education. This includes youth camps, seminars, workshops and also workshops for youth educators including teachers, church leaders, and businesses that work with young people. She has been a life coach for over 25 years in a management position and has recently obtained further certification from Breakthrough Academy and World Discipleship Association. She is also certified through John Maxwell’s school of life coaching and she is a member of the WSA (Women Speaking Association).

As a speaker, Debi puts a strong emphasis on leadership, high values, and strong character. She enjoys teaching how people can learn from mistakes to help others. Debi feels strongly that there has been a rapid decline in values, morals, and character in today’s young people. She has watched this change directly in her classrooms over the last 15 years. Kids seem to be growing more self-centered and casual. “I want to help them see that God has plans for their future and that the even younger generations will follow them. I want to teach them that we can get where we want to go by helping others get where they want to go.”

All of Debi’s clients and students can quote verbatim her 5 core lessons, which are:

  1. Never Break Your Promise
  2. Never say CAN’T…it means can after numerous tries
  3. Never ask someone to do something you are not willing to do yourself
  4. Your actions are so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying
  5. Pay now and play later or Play now and and pay later. No matter what you have to pay.

“I love the kids I teach and I know one day they will be the future of our country. It inspires me that God has opened a door for me to be a part of that. I believe he wants me to take that further then the 73 kids at my school. I believe he wants me to equip others with what I have learned in the last 50 years on this earth.”

Education Degrees & Certifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Business Management from Georgia State, 1995
  • Primary & Lower Elementary Montessori Training from American Montessori, 2003
  • Upper Elementary training from American Montessori, 2006
  • Speaking & Management Training Degree from Dale Carnegie, 2008
  • Breakthrough Academy World Discipleship Association Life Coach degree, 2015
  • John Maxwell Certification Course for Life Coaching, 2015
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Debi’s core lessons

Never Break Your Promise.

A reminder that even a small unbroken promise can have a lasting impact on others.

Never say CAN’T…it means can after numerous tries

What we say we begin to believe and what we believe is who we will one day become.

Your actions are so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying

Do what you say and say what you do. You’ll feel better about yourself.

Pay now and play later or Play now and and pay later. No matter what you have to pay.

Learn how to face the hard things first so that you can get them over with and move on to playing.

Never ask someone to do something you are not willing to do yourself

Having the awareness to consider this question before asking something of someone can make all the difference.

“Throughout my whole learning experience I had something most kids never have: I had my mom as my teacher. Not only did I learn these core values in the classroom but out of the classroom as well. Since graduating high school I have started a family and my own business. I would have never been successful if these core values hadn’t been instilled in me a long time ago. Thank you Mom, I know you will continue to make good and godly leaders.”
– Zac, Debi’s son