Jim Langlas is an educator, Taekwondo master, and writer. In 1974, he was a member of the U.S. Taekwondo team and won a gold medal at the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships in Montreal. He taught English in Illinois for 33 years. During those decades, he taught nearly 15,000 pupils in the classroom, in the Taekwondo training hall he opened in 1980, and at Pathways for Achievement, a Chicago organization devoted to helping teenagers succeed in school and in daily life. He received his B.A. in English and physical education from the University of St. Thomas, his M.A. in teaching English from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. Jim presently serves as copresident of the Universal Taekwondo Federation and teaches at Edison State College. He lives in Naples, Florida.
Read our interview with Jim to find out more about Jim and why he thinks the classroom can be “the best place in town.”
Bring Jim Langlas to Your School
Jim is available to speak to students and educators about character education, leadership, and teen activism. Dynamic and personable, Jim reaches teenagers and adults through his infectious enthusiasm and positive energy. His extensive experience as a martial arts master, world-class competitor, and classroom teacher combines to make him a unique speaker to both small groups and larger gatherings. He inspires his listeners through story and personal experiences with students, recounting ways that fundamental martial arts principles can help young people achieve success.
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