Kevin has currently developed an educator’s model for restorative practitioners in schools. He has discovered the real life struggles that teachers experience during their first year of implementation and has developed specific educator-to-educator model to support them. His hands-on approach to training and his dedication to being actively involved in classrooms allow him to be a credible voice for all educators committed to the implementation of the restorative model.
He received his B.S. from University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Kevin has more than 21 years of experience in public education at the elementary level, middle school level and high school level including classroom teacher, coach, and assistant principal and principal.
My transformation began in 2012 I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the 6th grade assistant principal and the restorative discipline coordinator for Ed White Middle School in NEISD. This unique and alternative approach helped me break out of the traditional mold of a modern day disciplinarian. Once implemented, the restorative process immediately began helping children communicate their thoughts and emotions after making poor behavioral decisions. The focus changed from what the student had done wrong or what rule was broken, to repairing the fractured relationships of those impacted.
As a former high school football coach that primarily relied on punishment to change student behavior. The restorative process completely changed my view on student discipline. I was no longer reactively trying to manage behavior, but rather, serving as a facilitator that allows students to learn about themselves and how their choices impact others. I went into the education field to teach and serve, and the restorative discipline model has afforded me opportunities to do that in ways more fulfilling than I ever thought possible.
Restorative practices are something that I believe in wholeheartedly. I am committed to using my real-world application experience to help provide staff development, consulting and support to other educators who are interested in this differentiated approach. Please join me in positively impacting children of all ages and, finally, bring about a much-needed change in our schools’ approach to managing student behavior.
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