I have been in the field of education since 1975 as a music therapist with mentally challenged adults in Mentor, Ohio. After a two year stay at the Lake County Mental Retardation Center, I left the education business to pursue a career in music for four years as a road musician, and returned to education in 1982 after  graduating from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science  degree in Elementary 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.

In 1994, I moved to Atlanta and entered the corporate environment  as a computer trainer,  software installer and help desk technician for thirteen years with a software company in Alpharetta, Georgia. I again returned to public education in Georgia in 2005 as a middle school teacher in a local school district. I am a retired educator. I also am a certified teenage driver's education instructor and taught driver's education for five years in Atlanta.

------------------------------MY Goals As A Teacher--------------------------

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 cognative skills to apply them.

I taught the skill of self-correction, which allows the child the chance to put the error right themselves. A teacher's most important goal is to help students become independent learners. 

A teacher's most important goal is to help students become independent learners.
As a teacher, 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 a teacher, I taught active learning, Below is an example of passive learning verses active learning

Passive Learning:

Here, let me show you how to do that.

Active Learning:
What section of the textbook discusses this?

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

This website will enable you to help your students teach themselves.

Mr. Richard Mentor
B.S. Music Education / Kent State University / Kent, Ohio 1970
B.S. Elementary  / Christian Education / Belhaven University / Jackson, Mississippi 1982
B.S. Information Technology /  DeVry University / Alpharetta, Georgia 2002
Kennesaw State University / Kennesaw, Georgia  / Instructional Curriculum Design 2005/2006
University Of New Orleans / New Orleans, La. / Music Composition / Educational Psychology 1976/1979
Microsoft Certified Professional/Windows NT/Windows2000/WindowsXP
A+ Certified Computer Technician
Network + Certified Network Technician


Kent State University  1966-1970
Kent, Ohio
Music Education
Secondary Education

University of New Orleans 1976-1979
New Orleans, La.
Music Theory
Music Composition
Educational Psychology

Belhaven University 1979-1982
Jackson, Mississippi
Elementary and Christian Education

Contol Data Institute 1985-1987
Dallas, Texas
Computer Programming / Cobol

Texas Institute of Technology  1988-1989
Dallas, Texas
Computer Server Operations IBM

DeVry University 2001-2003
Atlanta,  Georgia
Information Technology/
Web Design

Kennesaw State University 2004-2006
Kennesaw, George
Instructional Curriculum Design

Certified Driver's Education Instructor / State of Georgia

Microsoft Certified Professional
NT 4.0, Windows 2000,WindowsXP

A Plus Certified Computer Technician

Network Plus Certified Network Technician

Certified Driver's Education Instructor / State of Georgia

Certified teacher in the states of Georgia, Texas and Mississippi
Richard Dean Mentor
Curriculum Instructional Design
Implementing Common Sense Technology in Today's Classrooms
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