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I am a native "Pennsylvanian," born and raised in Pittsburgh. Go Steelers! I have been working in the education field for the past 30+ years. I completed my dissertation and graduated with my Doctoral Degree in Adult Education/Teacher Education from Capella University. My Master's Degree is in Educational Leadership/Instructional Technology from Nova Southeastern University and my Bachelor's Degree is in Education/Language Arts from Duquesne University.

My educational experience consists of: Teaching EDUC 403 & EDUC 339 courses for Teacher Candidates at Nicholls State University, School Principal of 4 schools, Elementary Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher, College Program Coordinator, Dean of Academics, District Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented, and as a Director of an Alternative Teacher Certification Program. I believe that negative and disruptive students can stop their own problems that are occurring. The Fountain FOCUS Discipline Approach is structured around the "Brain-Based" Discipline Theories. My book has numerous ideas and strategies that encourage students into re-evaluating their behavioral patterns.

My book offers an updated description of my classroom discipline approach (4 P's of Discipline) in which the teacher creates a deterrence of discipline problems in the classroom environment and places all accountability on the students...positively. Because discipline problems are so prevalent and difficult to solve, many educators and specialists in related fields have attempted to provide help for teacher. Knowing an array of successful classroom management methods and techniques are critical to teaching.

My family and I reside in Walker, Louisiana. I have been married to my soul mate, Michael (New Orleans native & Retired FAA Air Traffic Controller), for the past 31 years. We have 3 older adult kiddos: Joshua, Matthew & Kassandra. I attribute my educational foundation and background to the professors at Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost. I have written about the 4 years at Duquesne University as being very rewarding and one of the greatest times of my life. Some of my education professors are still there and doing what they love to do - training teachers how to be the Best!

I have studied highly successful teachers for over 30 years. In the process, I developed methods of classroom discipline that are both commanding and reasonable for all teachers. Presently, I am working with local school districts and universities to schedule Fountain FOCUS Discipline Workshops and Teacher Preparation Guides for State Certification Exams.

My Educational Philosophy is very simple:

  • Learners appreciate structure and guidance.
  • Immediate feedback is crucial.
  • Learners need to know what you expect from them.
  • Learners need to know that you genuinely believe in them.