“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”
– Albert Camus, French Philosopher
Dr. Thurber has been inspiring active learning since 1985, when he began teaching swimming in South Portland, Maine. Today, Dr. Thurber engages youth leaders and professional educators around the world in the exciting process of their own professional development. “Learning lasts when we create and collaborate,” he says. “That’s why I invite discussion, laughter, writing, and role plays in my work with independent schools.”
Dr. Thurber is a favorite presenter at conferences such as TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) and NAIS (The Association of Independent Schools). Each year, his workshops on Preserving Professional Teacher-Student Boundaries, Cracking Kids’ Secret Code, Managing Stress Before it Manages You, Collaborative Problem Solving, Appreciative Inquiry and Working with Difficult Parents are in high demand worldwide. Contact Dr. Thurber.
“Thank you so very much for the time you spent with us. You struck just the right balance of humor, enthusiasm and seriousness about the topic. The case studies were quite relevant and you approached the topic in a way that was uplifting and insightful while not being insulting to the experience and expertise of our faculty.
It is particularly valuable and meaningful to have a consultant who brings both the professional training of a clinical psychologist and personal experience as a teacher and youth leader to his work. There is increased credibility and passion that comes from the fact that you too have been a teacher and a coach and are a member of a school community. From the perspective of your audience, “you get it!” We are already looking forward to your return!”
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In addition to aquatics, Dr. Thurber has coached numerous teams, taught elementary school French, and co-instructed undergraduate courses in linguistics and adolescent development. He now teaches the Introduction to Psychology course for seniors at Phillips Exeter Academy.