That motivating affirmation is how Criminal Justice Instructor Peter French begins his classes each day at Remington College – Cleveland West Campus.
Mr. French started at Remington College in September 2006, just a year after the Criminal Justice program was introduced at the Campus. The program has benefited from his more than 35 years of experience, including positions as a juvenile and federal court probation officer, a supervisor and part of the Mayor of Cleveland’s Re-Entry Task Force at the Bureau of Prisons Halfway House in Cleveland, and a community resource specialist for the Northern District of Ohio’s Justice Department. He is also a U.S. Army veteran and former military police officer.
Mr. French knows the teaching arena as well, having taught Criminal Justice at Cleveland State University for three years and serving as an instructor at the Federal Judiciary Center, in Washington, DC, teaching newly appointed U.S. probation officers for 10 years.
In his current role, Mr. French teaches some general education courses as well as his regular criminal justice classes. “For instance, I teach a Psychology class, which is an important aspect of the criminal justice field because students have to develop an awareness of the overt behavior of criminals,” said Mr. French.
Asked what he enjoys most about teaching at Remington College, Mr. French responded, “Our students are more focused on a specific career goal. Here, they benefit from highly interactive classroom instruction and the practical tools, techniques, and mentoring that can help them be successful in the field. And our students really listen and are anxious to learn. I’m very proud that I can have a positive influence on their future.”
A native of Cleveland and a graduate of Cleveland State University and John Carroll University, Mr. French is actively involved in John Carroll’s alumni functions and writes a quarterly article in the alumni magazine. He enjoys tennis and participates in two tennis leagues. He is also a music aficionado and regularly attends plays at the Cleveland Playhouse.