Motivational speaker's gift works 'magic' in the classroom

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn will visit the Kenai Peninsula this week delivering his keynote speech, "Developing Capable Young People," to parents, teachers and community members.

Glenn, who has a distinguished resume of national and international service and awards, is the author of several books, including "Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World" and "Posi-tive Discipline." He also is the founder of the Developing Capable Young People program, which prepares teachers, parents and other community members to raise responsible and drug-free children.

Sears Elementary School teachers Jeanne Sorenson and Lisa Atchley took the video version of his program several years ago and walked away wanting to learn more, Sorenson said.

"We liked it so much, we decided to fly to Seattle and take the training course with him," she said. "I've been teaching for 24 years, and (Lisa's) been training for nearly 20 years. We believed in all the classes we've ever taken, this is the best stuff we've ever seen. It teaches principles and strategies to use to make more responsible, better thinkers. Some of the strategies have just been magic in our classroom."

The pair, now certified trainers for Glenn's program, have led more video training sessions, but Sorenson said there still is more interest in the program, so they invited Glenn to come north himself to train more facilitators and share his message with the general public.

Glenn will be the featured speaker at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. The meeting is open to the public and costs $10.50, with lunch included.

He also will offer a keynote address for educators from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, followed by a presentation for parents and community members from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, also at KCHS. The evening presentations cost $5.

"We decided every woman who ever gives birth should go home from the hospital with her baby and (Glenn's) videos," Sorenson said. "It's changed the way we teach and made teaching more rewarding."

Sorenson isn't the only one with praise for Glenn's method, either.

Glenn has been a featured speaker at the White House, where he was honored by former First Lady Nancy Reagan as one of the nation's most outstanding family life and drug abuse prevention professionals.

He is the recipient of the Gooderham Lifetime Service Award for Alcoholism and the Family, the National Federation of Parents' "Whatever Would We Have Done Without You" award and the Continental Social Interest Award from the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology.

He also recently received the Investing In People award from the governor of Oregon.

Glenn has directed the National Drug Abuse Center for training and resource development in Washing-ton, D.C., served as director of clinical programs for American Health Services and served as a special consultant to the Senate Select Subcommittee on Narcotics.

He also directed the U.S. Office of Education Southeast Regional Training Center and sat on the boards of directors for the National Congress of Parent-Teacher Asso-ciations, the National Council for Self-Esteem and the National Action Committee for Health Edu-cation and Drug Abuse Preven-tion.

He is a past director of the U.S. Office of Education Help Com-munities Help Themselves Re-gional Training Center and developed the first alcohol and drug abuse counselor certification program, as well as several state and national partnerships for prevention of drug abuse, adolescent pregnancy and dropouts.

In addition, he has served as a special consultant to the U.S. Office of the President, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on Children, Youth and Family, the National Feder-ation of Parents for Drug Free Youth and Lions International.

He currently sits on the boards of directors of the National Associa-tion for Children of Alcoholics, the University of Utah Summer School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and the National Prevention Task Force and spends much of his time traveling the country to teach others how to develop capable young people.

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