Meet the team


Eric Combs has been honored four times in Who's Who among American Teachers and is the 2006 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Eric is retired from the United States Air Force. During his 20 year career, he served as Security Forces Superintendent and special tactics

instructor. He was the 1992 Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for USAF in Europe and served as a tactical evaluator and trainer with the British Special Air Service. He taught Social Studies with the Troops to Teachers Program in a school within a school program. This program was designed to help 9th grade at-risk students adapt to high school life and improve their academic skills. He has taught courses on economics, government, as well as ancient and modern European history.


Eric is an adjunct professor at Wright State University College of Education and Antioch University Midwest Graduate School of Education. He is also an instructor for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Eric specializes in classroom management, student motivation and engagement, lesson planning, dealing with at-risk students and teacher leader programs. Eric has presented for the U.S. Department of Defense, various State Departments of Education, ETS Council on Teacher Leaders, NASDTEC, NAAC, veterans groups and school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is also the author of Time to Teach: Engagement & Motivation in Every Classroom, Mission Critical: A Veteran’s Tour of Duty Inside Public Education, and his newest release, Safety and Security Habits for Educators: Common sense strategies for personal and classroom safety.



Patti Davenport is an executive director with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness and principal consultant for Equipping Educators. She has served as a teacher, mentor and coach for students of all ages. Most recently, Patti served on faculty in the College of Education at Washington State University. She currently works with schools and districts across the country to equip their teams with practical, application-based tools and strategies that teachers can use immediately to improve their craft. Patti specializes in classroom management and student engagement and motivation through differentiation and is known for her encouraging, authentic and down to earth style of facilitation.

Here's what teachers like you have had to say about our training:

“Increasing opportunities to respond to instruction” this is the best definition for differentiation I’ve have ever heard, and out of 34 years of teaching that’s saying a lot.  Exceptional program!    Alice B. Middle School Principal, Indianapolis, IN

"Thank you for the practical ideas on how to manage behaviors without interrupting learning! I am going to use all of this as a teacher and a parent!" - Becky S.

This has been the best training we have ever seen in our district.  Seeing the engaged teachers (even the ones who normally sit at the back of the room!) is phenomenal.  Thanks!   Phillip D.  Supt. Indianapolis, IN

"I just started teaching and it has been a very hard year. I am so excited for some tools that I will use starting on Monday. Thank you for so many great ideas!" - Natalie R.

Sensational!  I was thinking of retiring this year, too many kids don’t seem to care.  But this training has convinced me to stick it out.  I really want to get back into my room with story-telling and randomness!   Angela V.  High School teacher, Columbus, OH

"This was an amazing workshop. It really made me reflect and rethink choices I've made and future decisions I might make. So glad we could have this chance with such a great speaker!" - Breanna D.

"Thank you so much! I feel like I have permission to make one request for a student to correct their behavior, honor their choice and move on! I can't wait to use it!" - Melissa S.

"This was a great workshop to have coming back from summer to get the wheels turning! Loved it! - Ben S.

"Amazing presentation! Got so many great ideas to stay positive and allow kids to learn good habits." - Kim M.




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