PLYMOUTH, N.H.-PSU’s 2008 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Member has a simple reason for being in the classroom.
“Teaching is where I feel most at home,” said Dr. Marcel Lebrun. “Teaching is a responsibility, it’s something that you have to feel passionate about, you need to have enthusiasm, and you need to offer yourself as a role model. Teaching is really about learning lessons, it’s understanding you’re dealing with human beings who have emotions and feelings, and how you respond to these individuals either creates a wonderful learning atmosphere or creates difficulties.”
Lebrun has nearly 30 years educational experience ranging from public schools in his native Canada, to international classroom experience in Japan, Haiti and France. Lebrun is also a successful author, consultant and researcher. Lebrun arrived at Plymouth State in 2002, serving as an assistant professor of education. His humanistic approach has earned him respect from his students and peers, including Kathleen Norris of PSU’s College of Graduate Studies, who praises Lebrun’s ability to connect with students.
“Marcel has the ability to communicate, presents innovative teaching techniques, and he
inspires future educators as well as tenured professionals,” said Norris. “His teaching, advising and leadership, including his assistance in developing the fifth-year graduate program for special education and his management of several endorsement areas at the graduate level
have all enhanced our education department.”
“I jump out of bed every morning because I love what I do,” said Lebrun. “The nice thing about teaching is that you can learn from your mistakes, in fact, it’s almost better to have had some difficult students, either at the public school or college level that challenge the way that I’m teaching them, so that I can self-evaluate – this helps you constantly improve.”
Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, Associate Vice President of the College of Graduate Studies, said Dr. Lebrun’s research and classroom skills are extraordinary.
“Marcel is an outstanding professional and recognized expert in special education,” said Maslakowski. “He connects theory with practice and current research. His students often comment on how organized he is and how he sets high expectations for them and supports them to succeed in their learning.”
Lebrun earned his bachelor’s and master’s in education from the University of Manitoba, and PhD in Behavioral Sciences from the University of San Jose. His clinical expertise is in special education, educational psychology and school violence.
“My research interests are in the relationships of mental health issues and violence,” Lebrun said. “I enjoy studying human behavior, the pathological and psychological behaviors of children with emotional behavior disorders. A personal interest has been in the areas of adolescent sexual orientation and teen suicide.”
Lebrun added, “I have done some consulting work and publishing around positive behavior interventions for students with severe mental health and psychological acting out.” Lebrun authored Student Depression: The Silent Crisis in Our Schools and Communities, in 2007, and he is currently writing a new book, The ABC’S of Keeping Kids Safe, with colleague Kim Williams. He is also finishing a new book on school violence and school shootings, Books, Blackboards and Bullets, School Shootings and Violence in America.
Plymouth State University’s Distinguished Graduate Faculty Member is awarded annually to one member of the College of Graduate Studies.
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