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Officer, Educator Blends Experience to Train Students for Outside World

Excerpt from the Athens Daily Review

By Kathi Nailing

From law enforcement to teaching high school students, that's the road Rodman Goode has taken.

“I teach four individual programs designed to build upon each other — principles of law, public safety, corrections and security, law enforcement 1, law enforcement 2 and practicum.”

Goode, 53, is from Corpus Christi. At Mabank High School, he also sponsors the Law Enforcement Explorer Program.

And he's writing his memoir about his 10 years with the Dallas Marshal's Office. It was during his tenure at Grand Prairie ISD that he was offered the opportunity to return to law enforcement full-time as a deputy with the Dallas County Constable’s Office.

“I spent two years as reserve deputy before joining them full-time as a deputy constable for five years,” he said.

Four years ago, Goode published “The Chronicles of Jack Best,” a story about a deputy constable who must solve a murder.

Goode is a master peace officer with supervision, communication and investigation skills possessing a driving dedication for success. He is a trained communicator with fiction and non-fiction writing experience. A former radio news reporter, producer and director, he's also an experienced public information officer.

“My ultimate goal is not to create cops or lawyers or firefighters, but to guide and direct students to be ready upon graduation to enter the post-high school world with skills that will either help them matriculate into a two- or four-year college or technical school program, or having gained the skills in some area that will make them employable and self-sufficient,” he said.

Goode has taught public school for eight years, including three at Grand Prairie ISD, where he started the criminal justice program. He spent one year teaching media technology at South Grand Prairie High School. In 2013, he retired from the Dallas Marshall's Office after 10 years with that agency. Goode has been at Mabank for five years.

“My late parents were long-time professional educators who taught me the value of learning and passing on knowledge to others,” he said.

He approaches each day as a fresh start for he and his students, he said.

“I look forward to the potential of a new day, every day.

Goode said if he could change one thing in public schools, it would be to create more opportunities for his students to travel and experience a “wider look at the world.”

“I believe that with travel experiences come perspectives that cannot be replaced.”

As for his own expectations, he said he faces challenges every day on the job, with a 'limit on resources, of pre-conceived limits and out-of-school factors that I cannot change.

Goode spends his free time writing. He is married to Monique, a Mabank High School support paraprofessional. The couple has two children, Mallory and Brannon.

“Currently, I’m looking to continue my law-enforcement experiences while teaching by becoming a regular non-paid officer or a reserve officer with some nearby area agency, if they’ll have me,” he said.

Goode graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in communications and a minor in political science. In 2013, he received his Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from Texas Southern University in Houston.

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