Debra taught for 25 years and retired from the Mobile (AL) County Public School System, where she also served as a Band Booster for 10 years. After retiring, Debra founded the Student Tours division in 2003 and is the architect of every group we do. Having come from the educational environment Debra truly knows what it takes to make each and every trip a success, she’ll consult with your school’s group leader to define the objectives and timing for your group, establish a budget, and negotiate and secure every element of the trip!
Heath Nails is currently the Coordinator of Band Operations and Conductor of the Alabama Concert Band in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. Additionally, Mr. Nails serves as a Student Performance Travel Specialist for Travel Leaders Student Tours. His responsibilities include pre and post trip planning for student groups as well as serving as a official travel escort for student travel.
Mr. Nails holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association.
With 25 years of experience as a travel planner, Linda plays a key role in Student Tours, keeping each group organized, managing reservations and payments, and responding to inquiries from travelers. She’s often the voice at the other end of the phone when you call Student Tours. Prior to joining the Student Tours team, Linda has arranged tours and cruises all over the world for individuals and groups. Some of the destinations include Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe (Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Scotland and England). If you have a vacation or travel need beyond a Student Tour, Linda is a fountain of knowledge and expertise!
Sharon oversees All Aboard Travel Leaders, where Student Tours is based. She provides the team and tools to support Student Tours, and ensure that we’re bringing all the resources of Travel Leaders to bear on behalf of your group and students.
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Went on school trip, and I feel like EVERY DETAIL was thought out and planned nicely. Everyone was friendly, from bus drivers to tour guides to Student Tours’ staff. For a crew of 400 people, I think EVERYONE did an exceptional job.
As a high school band director, it is so nice to be able to sit back, relax, and ENJOY a trip. Debra and Donna allow you to focus on the music and not on the travel details. They do everything they can to make a customized itinerary for your needs and always impress me by thinking of details I would not have noticed on my own.
The Choctaw County High School class of 1975 thanks Student Tours agent Debra Smith for planning a wonderful trip in New Orleans, LA. Celebrating our 40th class reunion was the best ever. Hats off to you!
This was a fantastic trip start to finish. Kudos to Debra Smith and the entire crew at Student Tours. I have been following parent and student comments for the past two week since our return, and all without exception have been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for making this the trip of a lifetime for our students!
Debra never ceases to amaze me with her organizational skills, knowledge of our destinations, ability to make things happen to suit the needs of our group, and her positive, professional attitude. She did a great job, and we thoroughly enjoyed our New York experience. She is a fabulous representative of your company, and I will continue to use Student Tours for all future excursions because of her. Thanks again for our super experience!