The things in life that help us become successful and fulfilled can be based upon both positive and negative experiences. Our friends, family, colleagues, and personal decisions all assist us in becoming the people we see in the mirror each morning. In my case, a seizure disorder has taken me on many journeys in the past thirty-five years. These sojourns have allowed me to delve deeply into my soul and understand the many facets of my moral fiber and the character of those with whom I choose to surround myself. Some may see my illness as a weakness; however, I view it as an incredible strength and opportunity to educate myself and others. I have disclosed my infirmity to fewer than ten people since I was first diagnosed over 35 years ago.
Marc draws from more than 30 years of teaching experience in his guidebook that helps new and seasoned teachers alike learn about lesson planning, classroom management, and much more. As the owner of Grade Success Education, Marc utilizes a myriad of strategies to maximize success in and out of the classroom. If you are an educator, then Marc's book, Highly Effective Teaching Strategies: Winning in the Classroom, is a must read.
A Journey to Recovery: Speak Sobriety Co Authored by Marc Hoberman
Stephen Hill had everything going for him growing up: a loving family, lots of friends, and he excelled in school – especially sports. Elevated to play on the junior varsity lacrosse team in 8th grade, Stephen was introduced to drugs and alcohol by older peers. He started drinking and smoking his freshman year of high school, and his life quickly spiraled out of control. Before long, he was addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. The American opioid epidemic has taken the lives of many and destroyed even more. At the height of Stephen’s addiction, it seemed as if it were just a matter of time before he ended up just another deadly statistic. After a decade of substance abuse, multiple failed attempts at treatment, and numerous arrests, Stephen was finally able to achieve long-term sobriety. His story of hope and recovery will leave readers inspired and with a better understanding of addiction and recovery. Stephen is now living out his passion Speaking Sobriety to teens, parents, and teachers at schools and community events all over the country.
Prologue from Gloria Key's New Book Co -Author Marc Hoberman
I was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1966, the result of a concealed pregnancy. At the time, my mom was living in Alabama, and she was told that if she had any more children, she would be cut off of welfare.
Upon birth, I was entrusted to a woman who cared for me for some years. Eventually, I was reunited with my family; however, I was never truly accepted.
At age 18, I decided to leave home and moved to NY. I worked to support myself and assisted my sister and her family with whom I lived for a short time.
I went on to have my son Travis, and over the years, in spite of family discord, I raised 17 of my nieces and nephews. When my mother became very ill, I uprooted my family and moved to Oho to care for her. She passed away 3 months later. Soon things went from bad to worse.
My story is about overcoming overwhelming obstacles—homelessness, abuse, neglect, lost love and betrayal. It is a story about triumph. I decided to return to college and encouraged my niece to do the same, and we both received our Bachelor's degrees.
My 3 children are my inspiration and my heart. My oldest daughter graduated from Howard University on a full academic scholarship. In 2018, she and I graduated with our Master's Degrees in Social Work. We both passed our licensing exams (LMSW) and I also received my CASAC-T (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor) certification.
This memoir is my way of sharing my journey from struggle to success in order to validate, inspire, and motivate others. The door may seem closed, but you can always find the key to unlock your master plan....always.