Certified National Trainer
Les Stevens’ philosophy about teaching is simple. He agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” No significant learning takes place in the absence of a relationship between teacher and student. Les believes that research is clear: when students know you value them as human beings, not just as another student in a class of many; they will work harder for you and challenge you less – leaving teachers with more time to teach and the ability to keep the instruction train rolling down the track.
Les believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is already working in their classroom. He believes educators have the toughest job in America, as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.
Les understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.
Les also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Beavis and Butthead, MTV, Bart Simpson, Jersey Shores and a myriad of other influences.
Les knows there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. He is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, he leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as he can. Nothing can replace an enthusiastic, well-prepared, loving teacher.
- Former Educator/Coach
- National Trainer, Classroom Management
- National Trainer, Differentiated Instruction
- Graduate of Eastern Illinois University
- Masters in Educational Administration: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
- Post-Masters: University of Illinois at Springfield
- Past-President Two Rivers Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators <
- Current President Illini Administrators Institute Board of Directors ul>