After college, Greg took a year to work as a public school substitute teacher. One year turned into seven. Along the way, he started a mentoring program & a foundation to assist his students. He also has served as a guest lecturer or Scholar-in-Residence for schools & programs. Greg's efforts in &/or beyond the classroom have been featured by media like Education Week & the Education sections of The Washington Post and USA Today. Good Morning America buried a Time Capsule which chronicled the first 100 weeks of the mentoring program. He has received some special honors like Jefferson Award for Public Service & an award from The Education Center. The books based on Greg's story have received kind reviews from media like Teacher Information Network. In some cases, the books have become required reading among future educators (i.e. St. John's University School of Education chose The First Thirty for a course). & summer camp counselors-in-training (i.e. Tesomas Scout Camp). The books have been used with current educators, too (i.e. an all-staff common read at a middle/high school in Pennsylvania; an elementary school in Illinois got copies of the book & companion workbook (A Place To Sit) for everyone on staff as part of staff development; every teacher (& student) at a high school in Wisconsin got copies of the books & workbooks. a K-12 school in MA got copies for staff. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
Greg has been invited to speak at conferences & events for school administrators, parents, camp counselors & staff, and current educators (i.e. Durham Association of Educators Summer Institute, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp counselor/staff event, Arkansas Department of Education 21 CCLC & Out-of-School Time Programs Statewide Conference, Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers Convention, an event for parents & staff at a school in the Pacific Northwest). He has been invited to guest lecture &/or speak at events for future educators (i.e. North Carolina Teaching Fellows Junior Conference; guest lecture for Education students at North Central College). Other events for school staff, teachers or future teachers have included: National Service-Learning Conference, NEIU's Great Service Matters professional development series & Boston University School of Education Pinning Ceremony. He served as keynote speaker at 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard - a conference for educators & researchers from dozens of countries. To see pictures from a sample of events, click here. Scroll down to see an example of an announcement by a principal who chose the books for a Shared Reading Experience at his school.