ABOUT Mr. Rodge's Neighborhood

Passionate About Inspiring Others

Would your event benefit from a speaker who shares insights gained in overcoming the challenges of:

-teaching 15 years in public schools?

-being a parent to a child with autism and an intellectual disability?

-dealing with disappointment and underachievement?

-addressing mental health issues as an Army mental health specialist?

-finding purpose?

-being part of a culture change of 2 troubled at-risk education programs?


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 a former educator that worked in a variety of campacities and schools for over a decade.  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 have worked in leadership capacities with San Antonio ISD (instructional coach) and NEISD (administrative intern), which included conducting professional development.  I was 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.  I also served in the US Army as a mental health NCO, 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 also a published author.  The title of my series of books 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 as teachers, leaders, and students.

I have conducted presentations on a wide range of topics to students and faculties.  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.  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 are interested in Rodgers Speaks visiting your organization, click "Contact" in the menu above and fill out the required information.  You can also call (210) 651-2026 or email mr-rodge@successisaprocess.net.

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Past Appearances
  • Nueces County Community Action Agency Head Start Training (Corpus Christi)

  • San Mateo UHSD, San Mateo, CA (Bay Area)

  • Alamo Regional TSA Leadership Conference

  • UT Arlington Upward Bound Program (Arlington, TX)

  • Brentwood Middle School, San Antonio, TX

  • Central College Upward Bound Summer Program (Pella, IA)

  • CASA (Child Advocates San Antonio) Training, San Antonio, TX

  • Denton Ryan High School (Denton, TX)

  • Coldwater MS (Coldwater, OH)

  • St. Henry MS (St. Henry, OH)

  • North Lake College TRiO Student Success Program (Irving, TX)

  • Central Lakes College Upward Bound Program (Brainerd, MN)

  • Whatcom College Upward Bound Program (Bellingham, WA)

  • UTEP Upward Bound (El Paso, TX)

  • NEISD Family Engagement Program (San Antonio, TX)

  • Simpson College Upward Bound Program (Indianola, IA) 

  • ​Binghamton University TRiO SSS Program (Binghamton, NY)

  • Richard Stank MS (Binghamton, NY)

  • Glendale MS (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Texarkana College TRiO SSS Program (Texarkana, TX)

  • Cal State Monterey Bay

  • Cuyahoga CC (OH)

  • Abraham Baldwin College (GA)

  • Georgia State University

  • Rowan College South Jersey

  • University of Central Arkansas

  • Coastal Bend College Upward Bound Program (Beeville, TX)

  • Region 16 SPED Conference (Amarillo, TX)

  • Illinois Eastern Community College Summer Upward Bound Program (Olney, IL)

  • Illinois College TRIO SSS Program (Jacksonville, IL)

  • Metropolitan Community College Kansas City

  • Northern Oklahoma College (Enid, OK

  • UT Rio Grande Valley

  • Independence CC (KS)

  • St. John's University