Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin Honeycutt: Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers

Raised by an “alcoholic and an outlaw” father, Kevin Honeycutt grew up in poverty. He says childhood had many “midnight runs.” His Dad would let the kids pack their belongings in one trash bag each. Kevin was always the new kid. Foster homes. Extreme poverty. But someone saved him. It was his teachers. This episode is his story.

Important Takeaways

  • How you can “flip a kid” and change a life
  • You have lots of kids who transfer in and out, do you still make a difference?
  • “Rebelieving” in someone
  • How band and art classes changed his life
  • How to help kids with no hope succeed
  • Finding success secrets

I asked him,

“If you were your own teacher. If “little Kevin” were in your class for 15 days, what would you tell him?”

I replayed Kevin's response to that question over and over. His answer haunts me. We should all be saying this.

Do you feel this way? When I've poured my heart and soul into a child and they transfer, I cry. I mourn. I wonder if I made a difference. Kevin fills me with hope.

The show is full of great quotes. (below)

Educator Resources

Interview Links

I believe you can flip a kid on any one day in one hour. Kevin Honeycutt

other people's believe in yourself becomes your surrogate belief until you get your own. Kevin Honeycutt

Teachers should be a resource not the source.


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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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