Jeff Yalden Inspires Teachers of Bucks County

Image of Bucks County Technical HS via

Image of Bucks County Technical HS via

On Tuesday, February 5, International Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden spoke with teachers during a teachers-in-service program at Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.  He spoke to an audience of about 150 teachers from throughout the district, about 20 of which he had known previously (Jeff speaks with the seniors of this school every year).  The teachers were inspired by his words and concluded his program with a standing ovation.

This program was especially important to Jeff, as he had been keeping in touch with the school and community after a tragedy that had occurred there earlier in the year.  A senior, Ryan Viola, was killed during school when he was hit by a car while crossing the street.  His brother had been walking with him and administered CPR but unfortunately, Ryan lost his life that day.

After all of the sadness following this event, the teachers were looking forward greatly to Jeff’s visit. During his visit, Jeff helped the teachers to validate who they are and the work they do with young people.  As are all of Jeff’s assemblies, this program was filled with a variety of emotions.  As Jeff puts it, “We laughed a little bit; we cried a little bit, but in the end, I emphasized to them the importance of teaching young people first and letting the subject area be second.”

As standardized tests are adapted nationwide, teachers are shifting their focus from teaching students life skills to teaching them how to take a test.  While curriculum material is important, teachers must focus more on teaching students how to live their lives.  Throughout his assemblies, Jeff stresses the fact that in addition to teaching core material, teachers must be there for their students.  They must teach them the basic skills needed for life, such as communicating, being polite, and working well with others.

If you choose to bring Jeff Yalden to your school or event, no matter who the crowd is, there will be tears and laughter.  Both your students and teachers will laugh and cry.  More importantly, the words they hear from Jeff will stick with them for a lifetime.  Visit for more information on how you can change the lives of your students and teachers.

Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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