National Speaker - Workshop Facilitator
After performing as a servant leader for over 20 years in the World’s Largest School System, Kevin became a college professor teaching public speaking, interpersonal communications, and presentation skills. It is a role he loves. He is also using his knowledge, expertise and abilities to help employees and students be more effective on the job and in the classroom and enjoy their work more, as well as to train and support school administrators and company officers to become better leaders for the staff who follow them.
He believes, absolutely, that where there is a will to change, there is a way to change. Employees and students who want to learn new, more effective techniques for communicating, managing projects, working with others, or handling any of the hundreds of tasks they face each day can do so. All it takes is a will to change – and the right person to show them the way. Kevin subscribes to the adage, “If you wait until you can do everything for everyone, instead of something for someone, you will end up doing nothing for no one.”
Kevin fervently believes that educators have the toughest job in the world as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few. To paraphrase an old campaign from the U.S. Army – “teachers do more before 9 am than most people do all day.” It is this belief that fuels his understanding and guides how he develops his workshops and trainings. He knows what teachers and administrators want because he was in their shoes.
Having served in a variety of schools (public, district, charter) and levels (elementary, middle, high school, college), Kevin also understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. The only things most students have in common are their age and the fact they are in the same class! The “one size fits all” approach of the one-room school does not work anymore.
Kevin also realizes and has preached to others that not all students come to school ready to learn and parents don’t keep their “best” children home – they send their best to us every day in the hope that we will send them home better than when they left. In this way educators have a more difficult job than doctors. Doctors are only charged with returning the patient to his previous condition. Educators are tasked with improving upon the model that has been sent to them. As a result of this philosophy, Kevin is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, he leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as he can. He believes in providing teachers with as many arrows as possible to add to their quivers. This will help them be as successful as possible when working with their students.