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The Legacy of an Education That Changed Lives
Don Kilburn's father came home from World War II a disabled veteran. Through the GI Bill, he was able to earn a degree at the University of Georgia by taking classes at night.
"Education—and education changing lives," Don says, "was big in my family."
The 'Reality Check' of Working Alongside Educators
Don is President of Pearson North America.
"I feel like my work with Pearson is more following than it is leading," he says. "So many educators enter our business who once made a difference in the classroom, and now want to make a bigger difference at scale."
"These colleagues care deeply about education," Don says, "and I draw energy off that every day."
The Learning Struggles of Don's Own Son
One of Don's two children has tested on the dyslexia spectrum and, before it was diagnosed, said things like 'I'm dumb and I'm stupid.'
"He's not," Don says. "It happened to be a Pearson test that helped us assess, then remediate, his struggles in school. Now he's thriving."
"When Pearson can help with changes like that," Don says, "that's why working for this company is such a great thing to be involved in."
Doing Well By Doing Good
After a recent visit to Boston International High School and a tour of its innovative curriculum, Don sat down to talk about Pearson's ongoing mission to help change many more lives.