When students feel and believe that the teacher really cares about their success they respond positively and advance. Even more important than content is caring.
The most important activity of a teacher when first meeting a student is to spend time getting to know the student’s personality, needs and expectations. Then and only then can a teacher effectively open learning opportunities to the student.
I received a BA in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary. Later, I received an MA equivalent degree in Theology from St. John’s Theological Seminary.
I worked as the Senior Narcotics Advisor/Teacher in Malaysia from 1979-83 which involved teaching students the basics of drug rehabilitation. I succeeded in overcoming the many cultural differences between myself and my students.
I founded and administered the first and largest non methadone, long term (2-3 years) drug rehabilitation program in Detroit, Michigan which involved interacting with various disciplines related to substance abuse rehabilitation such as legal, educational and employment.