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2006 IDOA Summer Training Conference Speakers
Superintendent Harlan "Butch" Cotter
Butch Cotter has been in public education for 36 years as a teacher, coach, and an administrator.He
will tell you when he
grows up: he
doesn't want to be a superintendent!Butch graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in psychology and physical education.Butch holds advanced degrees in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University and also Illinois State University. Butch has served three school systems as their superintendent, Seneca Township High School, Robinson Unit School District, and currently Pontiac Township High School.One unique characteristic of Butch is he tries to visit the home of each incoming student during the spring and summer to help parents and students adjust to high school life.Butch
knows the community, the parents, and most important, the STUDENTS!
13-year football coaching career, Butch
's teams won 90% of their games, earning Butch
a reputation as a great motivator of students and adults alike.His
unique presentation is similar to half time talk to get his
audience ready to play a great second half.Butch
's presentations involve a great deal of humor and a common sense approach to the life and society we live in! Butch
has spoken throughout the United States (and Central and South America) over 1,600 times to students, teachers, and business organizations.Butch serves as a consultant to many school districts and is a special consultant to the State Department for Oversees Schools.Butch
has keynoted several state educational conferences in over twenty states.