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I did my undergraduate work at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn., and graduated with a BA degree in 1966, in Literature and Education. In the United States Navy I obtained an Associate's Degree in Laboratory Sciences and did further studies in biology and health sciences, during my two enlistments from 1974 to 1983. In graduate school at The University of Maryland, at College Park, Maryland, from 1983 to 1987, I did graduate studies in communications. My first teaching opportunity was in a middle school in Spring Valley, NY, where for a year I taught eighth and ninth grade language arts.
These experiences prompted interest not only in how students learn, but what motivates them. Students can be motivated by a wide range of factors. I believe that if one can get a handle on how an individual learns, be it visual, auditory, spacial, or tactile, and some insight on how an he or she is motivated, the learning process can be both enhanced and accelerated.
My philosophy stems from the author Peter S. who has written a number of books that have been well received in corporate milieus. To sum up very briefly, Mr. S. believes that there is no such thing as a bad employee; just bad systems within which employees are required to function. I believe the same is true about students. Given the right set of learning tools, adequate, appropriate motivations, and proper circumstances, individual students will flourish.
Bob W. Foeppel
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