Curriculum Vitae


Keynote speaker to Educators, Non-Profits, Business and Corporations

Motivational Speaker – Bring Your Brain!

Keynote Speech Topics (a selection)

Curriculum Vitae for Deborah G. Estes, Ed.D.

Keynote speaker, educator, motivational speaker
Deborah G. Estes, Ed.D.



Sherman Public Schools, 1971 — Sherman, Texas  75090

Junior College

Grayson County College, 1973 — Denison, Texas  75020

Bachelor of Science

Texas A & M University—Commerce, 1976 — Commerce, Texas 76201
Major:    Broad Field Business Education

Master of Education

Texas A & M University—Commerce, 1978 — Commerce, Texas  76201
Major:    Business Administration

Doctor of Education

Texas A & M University—Commerce, 1994 — Commerce, Texas  76201
Major:    Educational Administration


Fellow, Meadows Foundation
Texas A & M University—Commerce — 1986 – 1987
Mid-Management Certification
Texas A & M University—Commerce — 1986 – 1987
Dissertation: Qualitative Findings Regarding  Leadership Development Process Training for Principals — 1993 – 1994


Effective Schools (Dr. Larry Lezotte)
Dupont’s Leadership Development Process (LDP)
Instructional Leadership Training (ILT)
Texas Teacher Appraisal System (TTAS)
Total Quality Management (TQM)
Stages of Concern & Innovation Configuration (Dr. Shirley Hord)
Gregorc Mind Styles (Dr. Anthony Gregorc)
BiPolar Training
TESA (Teacher Expectation Student Achievement)
Cooperative Learning  (Johnson & Johnson)
Brain Research (Dr. Pat Wolfe, Dr. Bob Sylwester, Eric Jensen, etc.)
Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM)
Conferencing Skills
Facilitation and Planning Methods
Interpersonal Relations
Conflict Resolution Skills
Creative Training Techniques
Strategic Planning (Dr. Bill Cook, Dr. Bill Blokker)
Listening & Reflective Questioning Skills


1995  Estes Group, Inc., Independent Learning Consultants , Sherman, Texas  75092

1995 Texas A & M University—Commerce, Texas
Adjunct Professor

1995  Texas Leadership Center, Austin, Texas
Lead Trainer and Facilitator

1989 – 1995  Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, Texas
Administrative Services Department Senior Consultant

1977 – 1989 S & S Consolidated School District
1987 – 1989           Director of Curriculum
1986 – 1987            Principal, S & S Middle School
1977 – 1986            Business Education teacher, S & S High

1984 – 1986 Grayson County Junior College , Denison, Texas
Instructor, Business Ed. Dept.


Estes Group, Inc. — 1995-Present

Established Estes Group, Inc., a consulting firm which specializes in providing consultants, facilitators, and motivational speakers to both business and educational sectors for the purpose of reforming both individuals and organizations in the continual quest for improvement and quality of life.

Business Organizations:

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (an Alco Standard Company) Philadelphia, PA, Washington, PA, Jacksonville, FL,  Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, Hartford, CT, Columbus, OH, Memphis, TN, 1995 – 1997
Effective Faciliation Strategies 1.0 & 2.0
Empowered Team
Cooper & Aldous, P.C., Dallas, TX
Working Together in Teams
Texas Instruments, Inc., Sherman, TX, 1995 – 2000
Life Principles
Celebrating Diversity
Collaborative Tools
B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Brain
Coach of Texas Instrument’s AQP team chosen to compete in National Competition
Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital, ACLS & Nursing Departments & Leadership Board
Gregorc Mind Styles
Presentation Skills
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., Administration Conference
B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Brain
Mind Styles


Early Childhood Summer Institute Conference, Dallas, TX, Keynote Speaker
Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Board Retreat
Texas Staff Development Council Spring Conference
Association of Teachers &  Professional Educators Annual State Conventions
Association of Teachers &  Professional Educators Annual Leadership Workshops
Grayson County Community College Convocation
Region XVI ESC Superintendents’ Fall Retreat, Pendaris, NM, September
Region XVI ESC Principals’ Fall Retreat, Pendaris, NM
Texas Leadership Center, lead facilitator and trainer
Texas Association of School Administrators Conferences
Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, TASCD Annual Conference
Texas Computer Education Association, TCEA Leadership Conference
Early Childhood Summer Institute, Keynote Address
National Staff Development Council, Dallas, Texas 1993, Orlando, Florida 1994, Chicago 1995, Vancouver, Canada 1996, Nashville 1997, Washington DC 1998, Dallas 1999
The 5th Annual Fall Education Symposium, UT at Arlington
Austin College, Class Reunion Keynote Speaker
Region 10 ESC Alternative Certification Program, keynote & seminar leader
Region 18 ESC Principals’ Academy
Texas Superintendents’ Mid-Winter Conference
Region XVI ESC At-Risk Conference, Keynote Speaker
The Education Alliance Fall Conference, West Virginia, Keynote Speaker
Texas Staff Development Council, 7th Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker
Region XII ESC Superintendents’ Appreciation Dinner Speaker
Region 10 ESC Leadership Academy
Creating Quality Schools Conference, Norman, OK
Texas Association of School Administrator’s Conference, Fall, Spring & Summer
Killeen ISD  Leadership Academy, Keynote Speaker
Iowa Teacher’s Academy, Des Moines, Iowa
Texas Education Agency’s Mid Winter Conference
Smokey Hills ESC Conference, Keynote Speaker,  Salina, KS
Vancouver Association of Private Schools Conference, Keynote Speaker, Canada, B.C.
National Conference of Texas Conference, Distinguished Lecturer
Texas Elementary Public School Administrators, Distinguished Lecturer
National Staff Development Council, Nashville, TN
Facilitator/Presenter/Trainer for various campus faculties, school councils, support staff, school boards, administrative teams and departments, etc.


Business and Professional Women’s Award Banquet, Sherman, TX, Spring
Rotary, Sherman & Denison, TX
Lion’s Club, Sherman & Denison, TX
Phi Delta Kappa Network Meetings
Retired Teacher’s Network


B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Brain
Presentation Skills
Gregorc Mind Styles
Active Learning Strategies
Collaborative Skills
Interpersonal Skills
Proficient Facilitation
Team Building Skills
Celebrating Diversity
Active Learning Strategies
Leadership Skills
Effective Principles for Life
Total Quality Management
Leadership Development Process—5 day training
Peter Senge’s Five Disciplines of a Learning Organization
DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats
Stages of Concern & Innovation Configuration

Region 10 Education Service Center———————————————————- 1989 – 1995

Responsible for General Management Training for administrators—the organization, planning, and delivery of core and job specific training addressed by TEA.

Responsible for directing a cooperative service for the annual delivery of administrative training—Management  & Leadership Training (MLT) Cooperative—which provides training for approximately 1600 educators and trustees.

Bi-annually communicate a menu of training opportunities to the administrative staffs of 80 school districts and solicit participation decisions.

Lead trainer and coordinator for all core training—Effective Schools training, Leadership Development Process (LDP) DuPont training, and Total Quality Management (TQM) training.

State trainer—Leadership Development Process (LDP) DuPont training, Leadership for Change training, Texas Teacher Appraisal System (TTAS), Instructional Leadership Training (ILT),and Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) training.

Facilitator for district and campus committees upon request.

S & S Consolidated School District —1977 – 1989

August 1977 – June 1986     Business Education Teacher

Responsible for teaching Shorthand I & II, Accounting I & II, Recordkeeping, Typewriting I & II, Business Law, Personal Business Management; also, sponsorship of Student Council, Newspaper, Yearbook, Cheerleaders, Freshmen through Senior class.

September 1985 – June 1986     District Facilitator

Responsible for the training of district staff in Effective Teaching Practices and a delivery vehicle for direct instruction—”a” lesson cycle.

July 1986 – July 1987     Middle School Principal

Responsible for instructional leadership, supervision of curriculum implementation, formation of teacher classroom strategies, teacher appraisal, staff development, teacher/student/parent conferencing, behavior management planning, and student discipline.

August 1987 – February 1989  Curriculum Director/Public Relations Officer

Responsible for curriculum planning, development and implementation, testing, district staff development, promotion of positive parent/community involvement, teacher appraisal,teacher/administrator In-service, and district monthly newsletter publication and dissemination.


February, 1989, Authored the participant materials and trainer’s manual for two of the Effective Schools Correlates—School Climate and Expectations.  Region 10 ESC, Richardson, Texas. Training in the Effective Schools Correlates developed by Drs. Ron Edmonds and Lawrence Lezotte was a five-day focus training offered by Region 10 ESC.

Summer, 1991, Co-authored A Training Manual:  Alternative Instructional Models, Region 10 ESC Texas. Authors of the training manual represented Tarleton State University, University of North Texas, Region 10 ESC, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Mesquite ISD, and Dallas Public Schools.  The manuals consisted of participant material, trainer’s notes, and videotapes depicting specific lesson cycles.  The content focused on the foundation of Alternative Instructional Models (AIMS) and four significant  models of teaching— Direct Teaching, Inquiry/Discovery Learning, Cooperative Learning and Laboratory Learning.

May, 1993, Co-author of the revision of the Leadership Development Process (LDP) trainer and participant training manual. Texas LEADership Center, Austin, Texas. This was the second revision of the original DuPont materials completed with the guidance of the Texas LEADership Center.

May, 1994, Productive Meetings:  An Oxymoron? Texas Study of Secondary Education, Spring 1994, Publication of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. Process (LDP) training which empowers leaders of today’s schools with new behaviors, skills and practices which have the potential of increasing their effectiveness in leading and facilitating participatory meetings.  For the ultimate goal of collaboration to be realized, it is essential that group norms be agreed upon, that the attributes of the meeting leading be addressed, and that self-improvement through reflectionsbe evident.


Outstanding Young Women of America, 1986

Meadows Fellow, Meadows Principal Improvement Program, Texas A & M University—Commerce, 1986-87


Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)

National Staff Development Council (NSDC)

Texas Staff Development Council (TSCD)—former Board Member

W. Edwards Deming Study Group, Dallas Chapter—former Member

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (TASCD)

Even Start—Board Member

References with formal resume upon request.

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