Profile: Rob McTavish
Convocation brings many inspirational stories of growth and excellence despite early challenges.
Dr. Rob McTavish was a problem student as a child, and had been kicked out of seven elementary schools by grade 5. He attended three high schools and was expelled four times before quitting to join the Canadian army. He did well in military courses and then joined SFU’s Centre for Online and Distance education, rising through the ranks to become a distance education program director.
And this week, he will receive his PhD in educational psychology from Simon Fraser University, after receiving his high school diploma just a few months ago, as he discusses in his video above.
His inspirational story is being shared with other children by his former teacher, and Rob is hoping to continue to help support kids, including his own two boys, to have better school experiences.
- Vancouver Sun: “PhD achieves his goals despite school struggles”
- Centre for Online and Distance Education program directors
- SFU press release: ‘Problem child’ grad triumphs
- SFU 1997 press release: Grad sees virtual learning take off