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Debra Peppers, Ph.D


"Troubled Teen to Teacher of the Year" read a headline when Dr. Debra Peppers upon retirement from teaching high school, was one of only five inducted into the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. This televised honor was presented to her in Washington DC by the Secretary of Education. An author, university instructor and current host of a TV talk show, "Outreach Connection", Debra hosted a daily 3-hour radio program for 10 yrs, "Shakin’ the Salt with Dr. Peppers."

Debra Peppers has interviewed celebrities from the President of the U.S. to rock stars to serial killers. A weekly newspaper columnist for five years, Debra has also authored and co-authored fifteen books. 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 has been speaking professionally for over 25 years.

From a one-room school in Africa, to ten thousand educators in Chicago, to the Crystal Cathedral, her goal is to encourage and inspire others. Having amassed numerous honors, her three favorites are: the Emmy award winning play CHOICES, dealing with teen issues, outstanding alumni at Webster University, where she is on the adjunct faculty teaching teachers in the Masters program, and a 100 pound weight loss. Having traveled to all 50 states and 60 foreign countries, Debra and her husband of 40 years reside in St. Louis.

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Posts by Debra Peppers, Ph.D:

  • Time for Re-creation

  • July 27th, 2015
    Summertime is known for recreation – sports, swimming, biking and hiking! Unfortunately what is supposed to be fun, can also be an extra burden on our bodies, minds and spirits. There are just so many hours in [...]

  • “Owed” to Springtime

  • June 1st, 2015
    In 1842 Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a lengthy poem celebrating young love, and yet only one line has remained vastly known: “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” I would say [...]

  • Is Holy Week Politically or Religiously Incorrect?

  • April 1st, 2015
    Several years ago my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Egypt and Israel with a Rabbi and his wife who made the whole experience extremely enlightening. Some would ask, “Can Jews and Christians share their [...]

  • Beating the Blizzard Blues

  • February 19th, 2015
    I concede I dreamed of a white Christmas. I will even admit I sang, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” Several years ago, before I retired from teaching, the thought of a “snow day” meant a whole day of relaxing, catching [...]

  • The Ultimate Buzz

  • January 26th, 2015
    As many people were celebrating the New Year with sparkling champagne or some other way to get “a buzz on,” I was having a personal “buzz machine” implanted in my spine. No, I have not gotten [...]

  • To Every Season

  • November 12th, 2014
    “The Autumn Leaves – drift by my window…” As the leaves turn and the temperature drops, is your autumn half full or half empty? I have found through the years there are those who love the fall [...]

  • Dear Old Golden Rule Days

  • September 17th, 2014
    We “oldsters” all remember the ditty, “School days, school, days, dear old Golden Rule days…readin’ and writin’ and ‘rithmatic; taught to the tune of a hickory stick! Oh the [...]

  • When The Earth Quakes

  • September 5th, 2014
    With the news of the recent earthquake near San Francisco, I thank God that there was no loss of life. Having survived the big Northridge earthquake in California twenty years ago, I still tremble every time I hear [...]

  • Don’t Judge A Book By Its Color

  • August 26th, 2014
    Everyone who watches the news now knows of the suburb of St. Louis, Ferguson, Missouri. Those of us who also live here are absolutely stunned, mortified and saddened by this recent notoriety! As a retired high school [...]

  • Shakin’ The Salt!

  • July 29th, 2014
    When I first started dating my college sweetheart, I thought his last name was so cute – Bud Peppers. Of course the Beatles popular Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was still popular and I sang it all [...]

  • Noah’s Promise

  • July 8th, 2014
    Growing up in my picturesque little hometown of Clarksville, Missouri on the Mississippi River was just like a chapter out of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. We played in the river, went boating and water skiing, camped out [...]

  • Summertime…And The Livin’ Was Easy

  • July 3rd, 2014
    Growing up in the 1960’s with the great songs of summer was amazing! We weren’t close enough to California to be surfer girls who would wipeout, but we were ready to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! [...]

  • Daddy’s Baby Girl

  • June 10th, 2014
    Being born on Father’s Day, 1950, somehow immediately made me “Daddy’s Baby Girl!” I lived up to that for twelve years; then came my terrible teens! I wish I could take back those rebellious years, for I would [...]

  • Get Your Mind out of the Gutter

  • May 12th, 2014
    I used to hate it when people would say to me, “It’s all in your mind!” Whether trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or stop worrying, I hated those words! Yet once I came to understand there was some truth behind [...]

  • The Gift Of Encouragement

  • April 8th, 2014
    “I will be happy when…” We all have our own answer, but deep inside we know that things will never be perfect and we can’t allow circumstances to control our emotions. When we dwell on the negative [...]

  • The Winter Hell Froze Over

  • March 23rd, 2014
    I know there are those of you who love winter. You love skiing, ice-skating, snow-boarding, building snowmen, and you even love shoveling snow. What is the matter with you? Were you born in a barn? This winter has proved [...]


  • February 17th, 2014
    “I saw her. I talked to her. I put antifreeze in her car, for Heaven’s sake!” It may have indeed been for “Heaven’s sake,”that unexplainable day my pastor experienced. Pastor B., as we call him, [...]

  • Valentine’s Day, 1944, And 70 Years Later

  • February 13th, 2014
    For seventy years, their love has increased. Like many young couples of the World War II era, my parents were in love, my dad was in the service, and they both knew he might not return. So on February 14, 1944, Dad proposed [...]

  • Take A Cruise Or Face The Blues?

  • December 30th, 2013
    Join the “club” if the days right after the holidays are the most difficult times of the year. We have been singing “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” for the past month and then [...]

  • Celebrate

  • December 27th, 2013
    “Celebrate!” I used to hate this time of the year because I didn’t WANT to celebrate, I didn’t believe in ANYTHING and all the people who put up obnoxious decorations and sang carols made me hate [...]

  • The Flight of Honor

  • November 5th, 2013
    Many of us love old World War II movies that always have a happy ending. Recently, my dad experienced a World War II journey with just such an ending. When our government was recently “shut down,” they [...]

  • You’re Being Set Up!

  • August 7th, 2013
    When you experience a tragedy, heartbreak or crisis, it may look as if your world is falling apart. However, as a TV and Radio Host, invariably my best interviews on the most inspiring “stories” or books, [...]

  • Laughter: Medicine For The Body And Soul

  • July 15th, 2013
    Having grown up in a bright purple house, my mother was a costumer for the local Theater Guild. Every holiday she decorated the large pink ceramic pig in our front yard and I thought we were normal. I was always voted [...]

  • 30 Second Cure When You Just Feel Like Screaming!

  • May 28th, 2013
    How many times a day do you just feel like screaming? Most of us lead frantic, chaotic, stressful lives. Whether you have young children hanging on your bathrobe, you face a daily grind of a workload, or you travel for [...]

  • Daddy Danced

  • May 20th, 2013
    A lifelong athlete and WWII Navy Pilot, Dad had always been muscular and handsome. Then several years ago after surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage, he was unable to walk and became forgetful. Then last year at 89, he [...]

  • Don’t Waste The Pain

  • May 13th, 2013
    The first time I was called “fatso”, it was by a cute redheaded boy back in third grade. I didn’t even know I was overweight. I guess my family didn’t either as they never mentioned it. I went home crying [...]

  • Spicin’ it Up: Back To School

  • September 24th, 2012
    A speaking event I was the keynote speaker this past week for the 1200 or so teachers and staff of the Hazelwood School District here in St. Louis. I hadn’t been there for several years and had forgotten how huge it [...]