Tips for picking a school

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Tips for picking a school

When picking a school for your son or daughter, I think one of the most important things you can do is find out what the school is really about. When you market a school, we're going to tell you everything that is great about our school. However, you want to know the little things. When we were picking a school for my kids, the one thing my wife did was, came home and went to all the open houses. That's a great starting point. I visited all the schools because of what I do. What we did is set up personal tours in all the schools. The personal tours are a good gauge to figure out what the school is really like. You try to talk to kids who have gone to that school, that aren't really connected to the schools at this point. When you do that, they are going to give you honest answers. Sometimes you are going to talk to a kid that is walking around and that's going to be their best student. You might as well walk around with the admissions director at that point. But, for us, I want to know the things you are not going to tell me about a school. I want to visit at a time when there is a difficulty and something might go bad. I want to see that happen. I want to see how the school reacts. Things go bad at a school sometimes and I want to see how they react to it because that is going to gauge what the school will do for me and my kids.

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Rob Kodama

Director of Admissions & Marketing, Crespi Carmelite High School

Mr. Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007. He is the Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations at Crespi Carmelite High School. He is also the head soccer coach and the Director of K-sports Soccer Camps. He has been involved in the educational field since 1991.  In his role as the Director of Admissions he has increased enrollment at Crespi Carmelite High School nearly 20% within his first five years. He has taught a revolutionary course called ”Becoming a Man” to seniors at Crespi Carmelite High School for the past eight years. In this innovative class, he challenges his students to look at what it truly means to become a man in our society. He explores what their roles are as sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and mentors. He has presented this class at the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs. He has served as the social studies department chair, and taught World Cultural Geography, US History, AP Macroeconomics, Micro Economics, and World History.

As a certified trainer and teacher, Mr. Kodama brings a wide variety of experience working with children, parents, students, and athletes. He has been training parents and schools about how boys and girls learn differently and how to help them succeed in school since 2007. He was recently the Keynote Speaker at Pierce College in Woodland Hills for the Early Childhood Development program. He has presented numerous times at The Gurian Summer Institute in Colorado Springs, and has worked with the following schools: Berkeley School, Crossroads Christian, Serra High School, Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center, St. Mel’s School, Kirk of the Valley School, Laurel Hall, Weekday Preschool, Young Oak Kim Academy, Our Lady of Malibu, Palma High School, and Army Navy Academy.

As a coach, he has worked with both boys and girls as young as four, through college. He has been running soccer camps, clinics, and coaching for over 20 years throughout the Los Angeles area. Many of his players have gone on to play at advanced levels of soccer.

He grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is the youngest of five siblings, and is married and has a seven year-old son and six year-old daughter.

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