From A High School Administrator
Having Brett join our Hamburg Team this year has been invaluable. We were looking to continue and enhance our focus in the District of creating a"culture of kindness." Brett took time to learn the details of what we had accomplished, and provided great insight into what we could do to move forward. By far the best part was seeing Brett in action. He was able to stand behind the plan, and his almost immediate connection with students and staff was amazing. Showing students we care is one of the most important parts of our job every day. Brett cares about students and does whatever it takes to help them be successful in their own way.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Curriculum and Instruction
Hamburg Central School District
From A Teacher
One of my favorite guest speaker experiences in my 17 years of teaching was having Brett Gould present to my sophomore students. The students enrolled in this mandatory course based on anti-bullying and positive behavior were very negative about “having to be there.” I was looking for a way to motivate and create a positive environment for them and I was impressed by the educational opportunity presented by Mr. Gould.
Over a four week period of guest appearances, Mr. Gould engaged my students in ways that I never thought possible. Many of these young people had a track record of being difficult when it came to cooperating with outsiders. His techniques for connecting with these students were impressive and I saw a vast improvement in not only their behavior in the classroom, but in the school environment as well.
He drew their attention by making his process relatable to their everyday life. Presenting his theory in a logical, relatable manner that students seemed to really embrace, made the process quite a success. My experience in teaching has revealed that a majority of students, and adults as well, act most often on impulse rather than assessing the situation in a meaningful and intelligent manner. The educational experience that Brett offers helps them to build their future around a more productive and intellectual process, that is both easy to understand and remember.
Falconer High School
From A Professor
Every college professor or coach looking to establish a real rapport with his or her students should consider inviting Brett Gould to campus to talk about the art of "becoming" or rediscovering who we are. His work helped me to reach out in a really significant way to my students. He helped me to create a memorable class that many students will remember far beyond the content I discussed in class."
Roberts Wesleyan College
Brett helped me through a very tough situation with my family. Attending the Youth Empowerment Day taught me some very applicable lessons and gave me the confidence to reach my goals and dream of enlisting in the Army. Thanks for your help and support Brett!
Mr. Gould has made me more comfortable with who I am.
I have learned so much. He has taught me how to cope with the loss of a close friend, and how to help other people deal with their problems. We did so many activities that truly inspired me to do great things for myself and others.
My perspective has changed on life because I realized there are many other people out there that have gone through my struggles and challenges in life and it is nice to feel like I am not alone.
I've learned how to make healthy decisions during times of struggle.
We really needed this in our school with everything that has happened. He really helped me to know that people do care about you, and to never give up no matter what. This was a very challenging time for me personally, and I took away a lot from it. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!
Mr. Gould gave me a new point of view on life and a new way to deal with my problems. Him being here allowed me to figure out who I really am.
Thank you for teaching me ways to get through rough times in my life responsibly.
This felt like I earned a new friend. It opened my eyes to understand I have a reason to be here. My being will change a part of the world, and I have support to make that commitment. Thank You!
Where I've Been...
Cheektowaga Youth &
John F. Kennedy