Spotlight: Justin Kozak

Justin Kozak

When you hear the name Kozak, you automatically think of Re-ED and service to kids and family. Well there is another Kozak in town and his name is Justin. When Justin arrived on campus you knew he was something special. He spoke about Re-ED and he had the patience of a ten year Re-ED veteran. How could someone so young be so mature and dedicated to kids? Heck he was just a young kid himself. I was amazed how he always was able to get kids to follow him and listen. He was like the pied piper and the kids love him. He taught me a thing or two as I watched him listen and always be positive with the most difficult child. He also participated in staff meetings with the Wisdom of a seasoned vet. He volunteered to be a coach on the Pressley Ridge basketball team and worked with the younger kids. Teaching them how to play the game while managing their aggression, the kids experience joy in their lives. It was the first time we had a younger team and we did not know how the kids would respond. It was a great beginning and Justin was right in the thick of things always giving support and helping hand. This year he volunteered to be the head football coach in only his second year. Well the football team won their first game and the kids were disciplined and represented Pressley Ridge in a way we could be proud. Justin has always been a leader from the beginning. He asks for the most difficult kid. Not only to challenge himself but to nurture our most challenging children who need it most. When other staff members are coming out of the door frustrated, Justin is going in the door first to lend a supporting hand. Justin is Re-ED. He was groomed to be Re-ED and Pressley Ridge has found a gem. Yes, there is a new Kozak in town and if it is possible he may be the best of the best…

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