Daniel Behan -  Making the Grade

Daniel Behan had always shown promise as a child, exhibiting the qualities not only of someone with an innate leadership ability, but also with the compassion and desire to lend a helping hand, or provide guidance to, anyone in need of support. Those qualities persist to this day, and have been the foundation for what has been a long and quite successful career in the field of education.

Daniel Behan McQuaid, now a seasoned veteran of the teaching profession, provides both instruction and inspiration to aspiring young adults, not only as a teacher of history at a local junior high school, but also as someone active and involved in organizations committed to the health, welfare and education of children throughout the region. Active in the PTA, local literacy promotion programs and a free lunch assistance organization, McQuaid ensures that the children of the Rochester area have the support network they need to live fuller, more productive and more satisfying lives.

Daniel Behan exhibits the uncanny ability to provide young people the care, compassion and guidance they need to realize their dreams. He understands the importance of helping young people do more than merely process information, but to also apply critical thinking and analysis to everything that comes their way, and to develop the ability to build creative solutions to everyday problems. Behan enjoys the chance to observe that “aha!” moment a child experiences when they finally realize they have the opportunity to tackle a particular challenge on their own.

Daniel Behan McQuaid - Tips for Improving Your Racquetball Game

Daniel Behan - Providing Children the Nutrition They Need

Racquetball is not only a hobby for Daniel Behan McQuaid, it’s his passion, something that fuels his competitive fire and provides him a consistently powerful and fulfilling way to stay in shape and feel his best. A skilled racquetball player and considerable challenge to anyone opponent setting foot on the court, McQuaid continues to impress friends and family with the skill and aptitude he maintains for the game.

Below, Daniel Behan McQuaid seeks to share several basic tips for getting a better handle on your racquetball game; fundamentals he believes can help to point amateur players in the right direction.

Stroke Mechanics

The key to a great racquetball serve, says McQuaid, is the employment of good stroke mechanics which, when properly followed, can enhance the serve’s power and velocity. By combining one’s hips and shoulder rotation with the initial wrist snap, one works to ensure better speed and power in their strike.

Return Serves

When returning a serve, says Daniel Behan McQuaid, it’s important to use a backhand grip when keeping the racquet centered in the front of your body. When approaching a return hit, be sure you are facing the side wall, not the front.

The Forehand

For every forehand hit, says McQuaid, do your best to keep your elbow aligned with the top of your shoulder. This should be done while simultaneously keeping your forearm parallel to the playing surface. The elbow joint during a forearm hit should always be at a ninety degree angle.

Snapping the Wrist

It’s important to snap your wrist with each contact your racquet has with the ball, and to keep the racquet level and continually circling around the body.

All too often will a child have to go to school hungry, which can affect their ability to learn, to interact with others and to be an active participant in their own education. Daniel Behan looks to change all that, at least for the impoverished children of the Rochester community.

A teacher of 7th and 8th grade history at a local public school, Behan has all too often been forced to witness students go without any sort of substantial sustenance during lunch, in large part due to a family’s inability or lack of means to afford a good lunchtime meal for their children. It was over ten years ago that Daniel Behan McQuaid decided that enough was enough, and began to throw much of his effort into a program centered on making sure each child in the area would not go without a decent meal during lunchtime.

Daniel Behan McQuaid has always been a man of compassion, someone who seeks to genuinely understand what people with less means are going through, and who is willing and able to take the steps needed to provide help where help is due. McQuaid decided to take action against student hunger, something that all too often afflicts children in desperate need of both support and a quality education.

Behan is proud to be affiliated with a group that works in every child’s best interests, and that aims towards filling hungry bellies and to ensure equal educational opportunity for all. He continues to donate his time and effort in support of such a noble cause.

Teaching Tip - Trust and Responsibility

Responsibility is a difficult attribute to instill in young people. Many students, from elementary to high school, don’t have a true sense of the word yet, and that’s okay. Teaching them how to be responsible is partially the job of their parents, and partially your job. The most important thing that any teacher can do to instill responsibility in their students is to give them consequences for their lack of responsibility. When students don’t take responsibility for their homework, for example, there need to be real-life consequences. Explain to your students that without doing the necessary work, they can’t expect to get good grades and move on to the next level. This not only gives them incentive to take all classroom time and homework seriously, it also creates a system of accountability onto which you can attach lessons in responsibility.

Responsibility takes time to build, but starting in the classroom can be the quickest way to instill this valuable attribute to young people. By creating a stable system in which hard work and taking responsibility for ones work is rewarded, students naturally develop the skills and sense of responsibility over time.

Daniel Behan of McQuaid Jesuit Middle School has spent years developing responsible students in his classrooms throughout his twenty-five years of teaching History and English at multiple scholastic levels. He says that the key to mastery inhis classroom has been togradually turn up the academic rigor, increasing the scope and depth of students’ responsibilities. This approach builds their confidence and their trust in him over the course of the year.

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