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RISE ABOVE: CONTINUING EDUCATION & SCHOLARSHIP, l3C

Rise Above

THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION~CURRICULUM DESIGN COUNSELING~ADVOCACY~TRAINING~COACHING

As licensed and certified practitioners, our network of providers offer a variety of direct and indirect consultative services. We are prepared to provide direct services to students and families in the areas including: individualized instruction, assessment, test preparation, transition services, and more. These services can be provided in any appropriate environment: school, home, library, etc. We likewise provide indirect services including: school coaching, professional development, curriculum development, program developmentcompliance monitoring and case management services for schools and educational programs. We are also prepared to provide professional coaching and training services to companies or businesses in various industries. Simply contact us below!


“Dear Mr. Quail: I think you’re by far the greatest teacher I have ever had. In my life, I have never met someone who is knowledgeable in all things. During our classes, you always gave out big philosophies and I find it very intriguing. I really respect you in every way. You have really changed my perspective in life and in learning. You go deeper into teaching the SAT and for once I think I know what I’m doing. …”

M. Go (2019 SAT student)

"I was once told by this wise man who helped me with school that he is not teaching me literature, mathematics, or world history. Instead, he told me that he is teaching me how to learn, which is what school, work, and life are really about. If not for Mr. Quail's advice and encouragement, I would not have achieved a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of the SAT and AP Scholar with Distinction; I was also valedictorian of my high school and received almost $700,000 in scholarship offers. I broke molds at my school and expanded beyond my limits thanks to Mr. Quail, because he really does know how to teach others to learn."

Marshall Mendoza (Student and Mentee since 2013)

"Mr. Kevin Quail II is a man of many quotes. I was most impacted me when he told me that if I was not struggling, then I’m probably doing something wrong. Ever since then, I have lived by this quote, taking failures as opportunities to improve myself. As a participant in the Science and Technology program in my school, we were required to conduct a five-chapter research study of our choice. During this research, I had the privilege of having Mr. Quail as my mentor. With his help, I had the honor of being chosen out of my class of 300 to present my research to the school. With his advice and encouragement, I was accepted into more than 20 schools and received over $600,000 in scholarship money. As the Salutatorian of my class, Mr. Quail also guided me to ensure that my speech was well written. Even today, Mr. Quail continues to support me in my endeavors. This is why I highly recommend Mr. Kevin Quail II as a mentor, because no matter what situation you may encounter, he is just a phone call away."

Monalisa Mendoza (Student and Mentee since 2013)

"Kevin Quail's positivity and livelihood always bring joy to children and fellow educators alike. Kevin's attitude on his career is optimistic and his dedication to educating our youth is strong. His interpersonal and collaboration skills have allowed him to develop relationships in many educational circles. Kevin's teaching methods equip students to possess solid analytical skills, diagnose problems, and devise viable solutions for higher learning."

Amber Church (Former Special Education Coordinator at The Next Step PCS)

"Kevin Quail's advocacy and guidance about special education helped my family to more effectively and efficiently navigate the process. Kevin helped us understand my daughter's rights under Section 504 and IDEA and helped us prepare for our 504 meetings, including document reviews and writing recommendations for accommodations. He even attended the 504 meetings in order to provide support. Consequently, we were able to make all the necessary requests at the correct time, which provided a solid foundation for my attorney to present our due process claim, resulting in a settlement. Despite being a former secondary teacher and a current doctoral student in education, special education presents unique and complicated issues that our family could not have effectively navigated without Kevin's expertise."

Roxanne Moore (Parent and Colleague)

"…Kevin is one of the most dynamic, intelligent, knowledgeable, and realistic people that I have ever met. He truly gave us a lot to think about in dealing with different cases of EBD. He also presented us with a lot of useful strategies that we should all learn to use someday as we become teachers. There are several things that I have learned from Kevin which I will be sure to use in the future. He has given me some insight on how to keep my own emotions in check. While I may never specifically be a teacher of children with EBD, I can only hope that I will one day be as good a teacher as Kevin Quail."

Feedback from UH Manoa College of Education student (SPED 404, Oct. 2008) after presentation on teaching students with EBD

"‘It’s easy to teach an engaged learner—it takes someone special to teach a child that comes in with a new challenge everyday.’ This was a direct quote I quickly scribbled down [as] Mr. Quail was speaking about students with emotional and behavioral disorders. …This speech was extremely refreshing and enlightening. Too often within the education field I feel overwhelmed by all of the discussions about qualifications, endless paperwork, abiding to the law, etc. Sometimes we get distracted and forget what the most important part of our day is[:] the students. I felt as though Kevin’s speech was reminding me to stop worrying so much about the little things and focus more on what you can do as an individual and an educator to get through to the unique needs of each child. I was inspired by his enthusiasm and eagerness to share his experiences and personal stories."

Feedback from UH Manoa College of Education student (SPED 404, Oct. 2008) after presentation on teaching students with EBD

"I was expecting last week’s speaker to be a grizzled teacher with patches of white hair from the stress caused by years of shepherding students with behavioral disorders. So I was surprised by Kevin Quail’s appearance—younger than I, and bald. Belying this, however, was a wealth of helpful hints and strategies that Kevin shared, as if he had been teaching these students for a decade."

Feedback from UH Manoa College of Education student (SPED 445, Nov. 2007) after presentation on teaching students with EBD

"Mr. Quail’s ideas and personality came pretty close to my personal philosophy of teaching. My personal philosophy is what I would like to become as an educator and so much about what he shared resonated with me. I want my passion for teaching to explode out of me like it does for Mr. Quail and it is my hope that all educators find that passion within themselves. …Following Mr. Quail’s presentation I also wondered what it takes to maintain that enthusiasm. I want to step into my classroom and exude confidence, professionalism, likeability, passion, commitment, and consistency like Mr. Quail, but I also want to step into my classroom twenty years later with those same qualities."

Feedback from UH Manoa College of Education student (SPED 445, Nov. 2007) after presentation on teaching students with EBD

"Kevin Quail’s presentation about the STAR TRAK program was very direct, informative, captivating, and entertaining. His advice and thoughts on how to properly manage a class with students who have emotion[al] disturbances, special disabilities, and students who have special needs is something I will take to heart and consider when getting into the field with students who have special needs and disabilities. The way Kevin Quail portrayed and presented his solutions for students who have major anger problems in class was very funny and entertaining; nevertheless, the advice he gave did not lose its effectiveness and kept me hooked on everything he said. His phrase on having ‘no tolerance, but having infinite patience’ is something I would definitely agree with…"

Feedback from UH Manoa College of Education student (SPED 404, Oct. 2007) after presentation on teaching students with EBD

"I feel the program has been working quite well. Students for the most part are well-behaved in the classroom. What impresses me the most is having the students to work on their skills in Mr. Quail’s room and them being able to go out into the inclusion classes with support from Mr. Quail and staff when necessary or on a regular basis. I, also, feel it is great to have been able to bring a student from a residential treatment center on another island and return the student to Ilima—he is doing very well."

Feedback from former colleague at Ilima Intermediate regarding the STAR TRAK program in 2007

"I am totally impressed with the program Kevin has designed and implemented. It works—I have seen students progress to the point that they leave his fully-self-contained environment into regular classes, and function well in those classes. Whatever he and his staff are doing, it works!"

Feedback from former colleague(School Health Aide) at Ilima Intermediate regarding the STAR TRAK program in 2007

The teacher’s primary task is to structure or order the environment in such a way that work is accomplished, play is learned, love is felt, and fun is enjoyed by both the student and the teacher.
— J. Kauffman
 

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