Joseph “Joey” Gauld is the founder of the first U.S. school to base its program on character education, Hyde School. He received the prestigious Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education from Character.org in 2016, fifty years after the first school opened its doors in 1966. Today there are two public leadership charter schools in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, two affiliate schools, one in Lanham, Maryland and one in Orlando, Florida, and the original independent boarding school in Bath, Maine. These schools use a family-based character education approach that places value on an individual’s character and unique potential. They embrace each student’s family as part of the Hyde community, which allows the students to grow and learn in a comprehensively supportive environment. Hyde Schools have been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, ABC 20-20 and NBC Today and other media. Mr. Gauld continues to work at the schools, particularly as a consultant to the urban schools and the Hyde Foundation as a facilitator in seminars for parents. He is the author of "Nature’s Parenting Process: 5 Simple Truths to Empower Our Children," "Character First: The Hyde School Way and Why It Works," "HYDE: Preparation for Life," and "What Kids Want and Need from Parents: How to Bond with and Mentor Children."

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