Character Coach

Larry Samuels

Occupation: Substitute Teacher, Kent County Public Schools
I started as a Character Counts Coach in 2013.

I retired in 2012 after 27 years with the Queens Public Library in New York, as the Facilities & Capital Construction Coordinator. I am currently a substitute teacher at Kent County Elementary schools, the Middle School and High School. I am also a volunteer reading tutor for 2nd and 3rd grade students at Garnett Elementary. I serve on the Board of Directors for Bayside H.O.Y.A.S. (Helping Our Youth Achieve Success), a sports and academic program for middle and high school students, and on the Board of Directors for Crossroads Community, Inc., providing services and resources for individuals challenged with mental illness. I am involved in other community initiatives, for example, the Diversity Dialogue Group (DDG) seeking solutions to issues of oppression and privilege, the Janes United Methodist Church building restoration project, and the Chestertown and Wordsmiths writers groups.

While serving four years in the U.S. Navy as an E­5 Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Gulf of Tonkin during Vietnam, operating high pressure steam plants, I traveled to twenty­one countries in the Far East, Middle East and in Africa. I also served four years as the Cub Master for my son's pack, as an Adult Scout leader trainer, and nine years as a Sunday school teacher. Recipient in 2014 of the Father of the Year Award by the Shrewsbury Parish Episcopal Church Men’s Group, I serve on the Church Vestry, as Cemetery Warden, as an Usher and Sunday school teacher. I have been married for 27 years to my wife Peg, a college English professor; we have two teenage children, Paul and Rebecca. 

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