John Barone received his B.A. in Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and his M.A. in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco. He has extensive background in child and adolescent development, gifted education, teacher training and teaching students with neurological differences. John has served as a DECATS mentor and Program Director since 1994. He currently serves as the Director of The Learning Resource Center at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. He is the author of A Place for All: Ministry for Youth with Special Needs and is co-author of The Adaptive Teacher: Faith-based Strategies to Reach and Teach Learners with Disabilities.