I grew up in the DC metro area and attended Virginia Tech with the intention of becoming an engineer. Throughout childhood I tinkered, experimented, created, and explored through an engineering "lens". The adults in my life said "You'll be an engineer someday!"
Luckily, in my first couple of years in college I had the opportunity to do volunteer work with kids and that helped me remember my true calling - - I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids. It was around this time that I discovered and dove into "Technology Education", the branch of teaching that focuses on the " T " and " E " of STEM (Technology and Engineering).
My life trajectory was forever changed.
Over the years I've pursued opportunities that've taught me how to create systems and use "levers" to create the greatest possible good. I'm most excited when my efforts improve the lives of kids.
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I'm trained to teach middle and high school students the "T" and "E" of STEM. I have a current "Professional Educators License" in Technology Education (820) issued by the state of North Carolina.
Tom Heck visiting the Robotics and Mechanics Lab at Virginia Tech
I'm trained by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to deliver the CCL "Early Leadership Toolkit" which is a leadership curriculum developed for middle and high school age students and the people who serve them (teachers) as well as nonprofit leaders. I'm an adjunct trainer with CCL and am currently developing a virtual community for the CCL "Leadership Beyond Boundaries" team.
I worked for the YMCA of Western North Carolina from 1991 - 1997 and graduated from the YMCA of the USA 21 day management leadership training program with the designation of "Senior Director". The course focused on preparing nonprofit leaders in the areas of volunteer management, fund raising, group work, and more.
I worked for the North Carolina Department of Juvnile Justice from 1987-1990 and graduated from their 4 week leadership development program designed not only to help participants become more effective juvenile corrections officers but also prepare us to lead and management therapeutic teams. I worked in a wilderness therapeutic pre-release program that was modeled after Outward Bound. After every 6 week session we received a week of training and development. Training included: Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing Site Managment, Therapeutic Counseling Techniques, Team and Leadership Development Strategies, Whitewater Paddling, and more.
I'm a graduate of the 2-year professional coach training program through Coach University. Coach U is the leading global provider of coach training programs. I've coached leaders and emerging leaders from around the world. I've coached educators, nonprofit managers, corporate executives, middle and high school students, and more - - helping all to become more effective leaders. I've developed a popular distance learning leadership development program called the Leader As Coach Fast Track Program which is based on coaching principles. I bring my deep understanding of leadership development to the classroom so I can prepare students to become powerful and positive leaders today.
I'm a graduate of Anthony Robbins' Mastery University which is an intensive 13-day leadership development program. I'm also a graduate of Robbins' week-long "Trainers Academy" and have presented twice at the Anthony Robbins Foundation summer camp leadership program for high school students and their teachers. I was also involved with the development of the Anthony Robbins Youth Leadership Development Curriculum.