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Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade.  I believed my peers would laugh at me for being “dumb” so I made sure they laughed at me for being “bad” instead.   I was defiant, disruptive, relatively unmotivated. By sixth grade my academic skills were so below grade level that I was pulled / kicked out of school.

During my senior year, I started gambling. The next five years were a cycle of lying, cheating and stealing to feed my addiction.  In 2001 I entered recovery. I am now clean 21 years.

Today I am a certified teacher, presenter, and international motivational keynote speaker for educators. I have co/authored seven books, including the best seller, That One Kid, 2nd Edition,  Tips for TeachersPower StrugglesTurning Tough Parents into Strong Partners, and Watch Your Mouth.

I live with my wife, who is a world renown artist (, three kids and two pets.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop or conference in the future!

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