Richard Dean Mentor
Educator 
 Curriculum Instructional Design
Implementing Common Sense Technology in Today's Classrooms
Education

Kent State University  
Kent, Ohio
Music Education
Secondary Education


University of New Orleans 
New Orleans, La.
Music Theory
Music Composition
Educational Psychology


Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi
Elementary, Middle School and Christian Education


Control Data Institute 
Dallas, Texas
Computer Programming / COBOL


Texas Institute Institute of Technology  
Dallas, Texas
Computer Server Operations IBM


DeVry University 
Atlanta,  Georgia
Information Technology/
Web Design


Kennesaw State University 
Kennesaw, George
Instructional Curriculum Design

Certified Driver's Education Instructor / State of Georgia

Microsoft Certified Professional
NT 4.0, Windows 2000,Windows XP


A Plus Certified Computer Technician


Network Plus Certified Network Technician
I began my career in the field of education as a music therapist with mentally challenged adults in  Ohio. After a two year stay at the Lake County Mental Retardation Center, I left the educational business to pursue a career in music for two years as a road musician, and returned to education  as a teacher in a half-way-house in New Orleans. I  also worked in law enforcement. 

 I move to Jackson, Mississippi and  graduated from Belhaven University earning a Bachelor of Science  degree in Elementary/ Middle  School Education with a minor in Christian Education.

After graduation, I moved to Dallas, Texas upon where I was employed by the Dallas Independent School District teaching the elementary grades. I taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades concentrating in language arts, math and computer science. 

I  also taught at St. Philip's Episcopal School and Community Center, an Episcopal mission school in inner city Dallas, Texas, teaching grades second and third. St Phillip's recruited inner city children to its religious and educational complex exposing these students to an advanced math, language and computer science curriculum.

In 1989, after the completion of a computer degree, I was employed as a medical  computer instructor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, training physicians, research technicians, medical students and all university staff. I also developed computer curriculum and training manuals for all IBM and VAX mainframes.

 I moved to Atlanta and entered the corporate environment  as a computer trainer,  a technical  writer for the Atlanta Market Center, and a software installer and help desk technician for thirteen years with a software company(Radiant Systems) in Alpharetta, Georgia. I again returned to public education in Georgia  as a middle school teacher in two local school districts, and also was a substitute teacher in a local school district in the Atlanta area.

I presently am a substitute for the DeKalb County and APS Charter School  Systems.

I also am a certified teenage driver's education instructor and taught driver's education for five years in Atlanta.

------------------------------MY Goals As An Educator --------------------------

To survive and succeed in today's global economy, our students must be taught efficient research skills, which will empower them to teach themselves. We must encourage our children to actively process information and develop deeper understanding, rather than just learning facts by rote and not having the cognitive skills to apply them. 


I teach the skill of self-correction, which allows the child the chance to put the error right themselves. An  educator's most important goal is to help students become independent learners.  As an educator, you try to work yourself out of a job. 

There's an old saying:
If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.
If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life. 

As an educator, I teach active learning, Below is an example of passive learning verses active learning 

Passive Learning: 

Teacher:
Here, let me show you how to do that. 

Active Learning: 
Teacher:
What section of the textbook discusses this? 

They are Empowering themselves to have the ability to teach themselves! 

Sincerely,
Mr. Richard Mentor
Retired Educator