Would your event benefit from a speaker who shares insights gained in overcoming the challenges of:
-being a parent to a disabled child?
-dealing with disappointment and disillusionment?
-addressing mental health issues as an Army mental health specialist?
-rising to the occasion to be distinguished honor grad for his Army leadership cohort?
-being part of a culture change of 2 troubled at-risk education programs?
-starting a business with few resources?
Hello everyone! Thank you for taking time to visit the website of Mr. Rodge’s Neighborhood? First off, I would like to share some information about myself. I am an educator in San Antonio, TX, having worked in underserved communities throughout my career. Some of the positions I have held include special education teacher, general education science teacher, science instructional coach, academic instructional coach, administrative intern, and substitute assistant principal. I also served in the US Army as a mental health specialist which, in civilian lingo, is a counselor. Lastly, I am a parent to my oldest daughter, who has been diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. I can honestly say that parenting a child with special needs has so many “behind the scenes” challenges that many people, including educators, overlook. I am compelled to share my insights about being parent to a special needs child with others in order to build awareness.
I am the founder of Rodgers Speaks!, which is the name of my consulting business. I am also a published author. The title of my book is Success Is A Process, Not An Event, which incorporates the concepts of the growth mindset, leadership, and resilience to facilitate reaching our maximum potential.
I have conducted staff development and motivational speaking on a wide range of topics to audiences of all ages. I have a particular fondness for speaking to millennial audiences; I feel society tends to undervalue their drive to positively impact their surroundings. I also champion the issues related to the challenges parents of special needs children incur. Some of the organizations Rodgers Speaks has conducted presentations for and/or had appearances at include:
- Dallas ISD, Callejo Elementary
- Edgewood ISD, Memorial HS
- Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA)
- Camp Flaming Arrow
- Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central TX
- The YMCA
- The Alamo Kiwanis Club
- Daytime at 9, KABB Fox 29, San Antonio
- The Optimist Club San Antonio
- Stone Oak Rotary Club
- Teach For America
- 2018 Region 20 TAPPestry Conference
- Adult & Teen Challenge
- Boysville, Inc.
- National Society of Leadership & Success at UT-San Antonio, Induction Ceremony Keynote
- Robstown ISD, Salazar Crossroads Academy (Corpus Christi)
- Crosspoint Transitional Facility
- Northside ISD, John Jay High School
- Men’s Empowerment Conference, San Antonio College/Alamo Community Colleges
- Helena HS Faculty, Helena, AL (Birmingham)
- Floresville Middle School, Floresville, TX
- Blinn College, Brenham, TX
- (Tentative) St. Martin Parish Schools, St. Martinville, LA
I have worked in leadership capacities with San Antonio ISD (instructional coach) and NEISD (administrative intern), which included conducting professional development. I am also part of the leadership of the Power Scholars Academy, an acclaimed & academically rigorous summer program designed to prevent summer learning loss in at-risk students.
My personal and professional experiences have allowed me to gain some unique insights on a variety of topics that I believe can have a positive impact on the lives of many.
If you have questions, I can be reached at (210) 651-2026 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.