A Message from our Executive Director:
Thank you for visiting the National Center for the Development of Boys’ website. 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 leader.
I’ve spent my entire career nurturing, motivating and empowering young students and athletes locally. Now, as the Center’s executive director, I can 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, I spent my childhood in public school on Long Island where I witnessed and experienced many of the challenges and tragedies that boys often face in our culture. Staying focused was never easy, but I had a few angels along the way, including teachers and administrators who 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.
I began my teaching career at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware. My goal was to be the teacher I always wanted to have, but I was not trained as an educator. I had a mathematics degree and a heart full of hope.
My move to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, forever changed me as both an educator and as a researcher in boys’ development. At McCallie, I explored learning styles and how to effectively engage students in my all-male classes. Then, as Dean of Admission and Associate Headmaster, I met young men and families from across the world who all shared a need to find a school and community that was dedicated to helping boys be their best.
As a father of a son and two daughters, I have become increasingly aware of the unique challenges our parents and children face today. Boys, in particular, are underperforming, disengaging, and falling behind in all aspects of life. Educators, administrators, and parents everywhere want and need information and best practices for educating and raising boys. One of the first priorities of the National Center is to share this information and science. The Center connects and collaborates with renowned researchers, thought leaders, educators and organizations to deliver services that change boys’ lives from day one.
Another major priority is the Center’s work with college educators who are exploring the growing dearth of male engagement in college and university life. Because of my experience in enrollment and retention of male students, I have been able to partner with consultants to help educators and administrators at our nation’s colleges and universities implement more effective ways of engaging and educating young men.
I encourage you to contact us if you would like to contribute to the Center or learn more about the ways in which we help create systemic change in your organization or community.