We began working for Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, or “Boys Town” in 1986. We were Certified Family Teachers in a home for 8-10 at risk adolescent males for 3 years. We moved to Tallahassee, Florida to open a girl’s home for Boys Town. We opened the home and worked with 6 female youth for 3 years. While in Florida we both completed our Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology.
We moved back to Omaha at which time Susie took a position with the State of Nebraska working as a Case manager for Child Protective Services. Rod continued to work for Boys Town as an Assistant Family Teacher for 2 years and then became a Site Coordinator in Boys Town’s training department. Rod became a certified trainer in many of the Boys Town’s various programs. He traveled to several states training school personnel; youth care workers and many other professionals that worked with youth. The training consisted of training professionals how to use the behavior modification system that Boys Town developed within their various fields.
Susie worked as a Case manager for 7 years and then returned to Boys Town to work in the training department. She traveled as Rod did but trained Boys Town’s Common Sense Parenting programs to state agencies and she also trained foster care workers that were working with troubled youth.
While Rod was providing Boys Town training for a Youth program in Connecticut the agency offered him a position as the Director of Training. Susie was offered a position as the Program Director of a shelter for 6 adolescent males and 6 females. After several years of administrative work we both realized we missed working directly with children.
We have been Certified Family Teachers for 13 years. We enjoy working in Ohio and providing a safe environment for the children in our community.