With more than 20 years in human services and public education, Dr. Paul "Paulie" Gavoni has effectively transferred research to practice through the application of evidenced-based strategies aimed at bringing out the best in children and adults. Recognized by many as an authentic leader, Dr. Gavoni has provided organizations and athletes with Deliberate Coaching focused on analyzing and developing behavior and performance management systems to positively impact targeted goals.
An expert in human behavior, coaching, and organizational leadership, Dr. Gavoni has passionately and directly supported children and adults in a variety of environments such as businesses, private schools, group homes, secured facilities, day-treatment programs, alternative education facilities, and public schools. Within these settings, Dr. Gavoni has been fortunate enough to wear many hats including VP, COO, professor, counselor, professional developer, case manager, therapist, behavior analyst, project manager, clinical coordinator, and school administrator.
Beyond his work in education and human services, Coach "Paulie Gloves" is also a highly successful professional MMA coach. As a former golden gloves heavyweight champion, Paulie successfully applies the science of human behavior to coach multiple fighters to championship titles at varying levels worldwide. With many successful fighters on his resume, Paul has even supported his fighter with reaching the pinnacle of sport when he won and successfully defended the M-1 Global World Heavyweight Title for 3 years. Paulie is a writer for Bloody Elbow and is a featured coach in Ring to Cage: How four former boxers help mold MMA’s finest, and the book, Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Art.
A frequent presenter at professional conferences, Dr. Gavoni has presented across the country on topics related to coaching, leadership, professional development, and systems improvement in sports and education.
John Lynch is a coach and mentor for new principals in high needs schools to insure a smooth, successful transition for new leaders. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with a new principal at a historically under-performing high school with a 100% free/reduced lunch rate, the graduation rate increased 30 percentage points in just two years. Our increase in the graduation rate for African American students ranked second in the state of Florida, ninth in the state for Hispanic students. Student achievement also spiked across all grade levels during this time resulting in an increase our state rating (grade) and a written commendation from the Governor of Florida for the successful transformation.
During the 2017-2018 school year, John transitioned to another under-performing school (K to 8, 100% free/reduced lunch rate), to lead the school's turnaround efforts. The work centered around mentoring and coaching a new school-based leadership team by immersing them in how to utilize data-driven decisions to create efficient systems and guiding the team as they navigate the academic/culture transformations essential to increasing student achievement. Student achievement data skyrocketed with school obtaining the 2nd largest single year improvement, and highest results in school history.