Class of 1964
Don Smarto has worked professionally with prisoners and ex-offenders for over thirty years. He is known nationally as a keynote speaker at major conferences, speaking about restorative justice, prisoner aftercare, and the educational methods most effective with prisoners. As a nationwide consultant, Don has played a key role in the development of ex-offender programs. Don taught criminal justice courses at Wheaton College and Trinity University for twelve years. He has authored thirteen books. Three of his books about restorative justice have been college textbooks. Currently, Don is the host of the daily Dallas radio show "Parenting Today's Youth" with 29,000 listeners each day.
His message to Leyden students: "In the famous fable, the tortoise won the race by not giving up. I got off to a slow start, but my East Leyden teachers encouraged me and I did not give up. My teachers were my mentors and changed the course of my life."