“When I was a classroom teacher and director of an after-school tutoring program, I worked with a lot of kids who had behavior issues. It wasn’t until I went through the CPI course that it really all connected for me, and I said, ‘That’s what I need as an educator to help me be more productive with the students I work with.’ Now I help others use this content to better serve their clients.”
Jeff is responsible for the onboarding, training, and development of CPI’s North American Global Professional Instructor team, as well as the fidelity and integrity of CPI training programs. Before his current role, he served as a Global Professional Instructor for our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program.
Prior to joining CPI, Jeff was a classroom teacher, and then a director for The Huntington Learning Center, where his range of responsibilities included recruiting, hiring, and training teachers and developing and managing a relationship with a state-funded organization to provide tutoring for at-risk students. He has served as conference faculty for the Council for Exceptional Children and the Missouri Conference of Educators, as well as the Nebraska Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators.
Passionate about empathy, Jeff leads our team every year in Good Friend, Inc’s annual Autism Acceptance fundraisers. To bring in funds for one event, Jeff asked CPI staff to nominate each other to be Rockstar for a Day. He drove our winner, Ken Young, to and from work, assigned Ken two bodyguards, and rolled out a red carpet leading to Ken’s cube. There were even paparazzi, and loads of fun and funds for a crucial cause.
Favorite CPI Memory
Trying to narrow down my favorite CPI memory is kind of like herding cats. There was the training I did in the Canadian Arctic, or the time I went kayaking with manatees in Florida, or the potluck ladies of Louisiana. But if I had to pick one, I’d choose that special moment when a group of complete strangers wrapped up a hard week of training with hugs, humor, and camaraderie. I’m always amazed at how this training brings people together. Thanks to all my participants who continue to enrich my life.