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Paul Gavoni

With more than 20 years in human services and public education, Dr. Paul 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, Paul has provided district leadership, school leadership, teachers, and staff with coaching focused on analyzing and developing behavior and performance management systems that positively impact student behavior and achievement in high poverty schools.

An expert in human performance and organizational leadership, Paul has passionately and directly supported students and staff in a variety of environments such as private schools, group homes, secured facilities, day-treatment programs, alternative education facilities, and public schools. Within these settings, Paul has been fortunate enough to wear many hats including teacher, counselor, professional developer, case manager, therapist, behavior analyst, project manager, clinical coordinator, and school administrator.

Beyond his work in education and human services, Paul is also a highly successful professional boxing and mixed martial arts coach. As the former golden gloves heavyweight champion of Florida and athletic leader, Paul successfully applies the science of human behavior to assist multiple fighters with obtaining 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. Paul is a writer for Scifighting Magazine and is a featured coach in the book, Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts.


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