Ron Partin spent his first adulthood as a high school teacher and coach and as a professor and coordinator of the graduate program in counseling at Bowling Green State University. He taught courses in educational consultation, mental health in the classroom, group counseling, counseling skills and techniques, time and stress management, and learning psychology.
Ron is in frequent demand as a speaker, writer, and consultant. Ron is known for facilitating fun, interactive workshops and has been invited to present his programs at over 400 schools. The third edition of his most popular book, The Classroom Teacher’s Survival Guide, focuses on everything he wishes he had known the first day he began teaching, but had to learn the hard way — mostly the practical stuff rarely taught in colleges.
Since 2000, Ron and his wife Jan, a fantastic professional realtor, have made their home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. While continuing his professional endeavors, he enjoys a broad array of activities: square dancing, golfing, hiking, tennis, bridge, bluegrass music, flower gardening, genealogy, photography, and traveling. Ron is a volunteer at the Carl Sandburg Home National Site, giving tours of the historic home, making use of his teaching skills.
Ron just completed a 6-year term on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Henderson County. As a member of the Scholarship Committee each spring he has interviewed students for college scholarships. To learn more about the Community Foundation, view the 7-minute YouTube video “The Long Run,” which Ron helped produce.
His main project for the past year has been coordinating the Baker Barber Photo Project. This invokes scanning, identifying, and cataloguing some 35,000 historic images from the Henderson County area. A significant piece of this project includes bi-weekly slideshows he displays at the Henderson County Library.
Click here to read a recent article about Ron from the Hendersonville Times News.