A Message from our Executive Director:
Thank you for visiting the National Center for the Development of Boys. I would like to take a moment to share a bit about my background and why I am thrilled to serve as the organization’s inaugural Executive Director.
I’ve spent my entire career nurturing, motivating, and empowering students and athletes. Now, I have the opportunity to make a bigger difference. I am delighted to have an opportunity to serve educators, families and friends of boys and men across the nation. We are ambitious because we are hopeful!
Growing up in a migrant working family prepared me for adversity, but my pathway to success was littered with obstacles. I quickly learned to value those hardships and the motivation they instilled in me. I also realized that when I could not change my situation, I could always change my perspective.
I spent my childhood in public school on Long Island. I was unfortunate enough to witness many of the tragedies that boys often face on their journeys to manhood. Staying focused was never easy, but I had a few angels along the way. For some reason, a number of teachers and administrators chose to go beyond their job description to ensure at least one young man from Riverhead made it to the next level. I am forever grateful.
When I began my career, I had no idea what to expect. My goal was to be the teacher I always wanted to have. I was not trained as an educator, but I had a mathematics degree and a heart full of hope and optimism. I empowered my students by using a collection of the best practices from my favorite teachers. When I came to McCallie, I was educated about learning styles and how to effectively connect with the students in my classes. I instantly became a better teacher because I used the strengths of each student to make learning more meaningful. I was forever changed.
In my role as Associate Headmaster, I was fortunate to meet young men and their families from across the country and abroad. Parents and educators in all locations want and need more information that will help us better understand boys and encourage them to be their best. The National Center for the Development of Boys first priority is to share this information in a convenient and thoughtful way. We will connect and collaborate with the best researchers, thought leaders, educators and organizations to deliver services that will change lives from day one.
I encourage you to contact us if you would like to contribute to our organization or learn more about the ways in which we can impact your community.