Dr Ruby Payne's Boys In Crisis

Jim Littlejohn Boys in Poverty Expert and aha! Process Consultant

Jim Littlejohn of Columbia, South Carolina, has been a professional educator since 1976. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and graduate school level and has served as department chair, athletic director, and coach. He served two years as a teacher in residence for the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment where he served as professional development specialist.

Jim spent four years as a plant supervisor for Rachlin Furniture before returning to college to complete his degrees. He is currently the President of P.E.A.C.E. Skills, Inc. and has been providing training and consulting in the areas of conflict and anger management, classroom management, peer mediation, interpersonal relations, team building, brain-based learning, and school crisis management.

Jim was Lexington/Richland District 5 (South Carolina) Teacher of the Year and was identified as an “Outstanding Young Educator” by the local and South Carolina Jaycees. He has been a ski coach for Team USA Special Olympics and the South Carolina Special Olympics. The South Carolina governor has named him a “Hero for Children.”

Through aha! Process Jim provides training and consulting services for Bridges Out of Poverty, Boys in Crisis, Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Research-Based Strategies, Motivation, Dropout Prevention, 9 Systemic Processes, Coaching for Social Studies Curriculum, Classroom Discipline, and Working with Parents. Jim has been with Dr. Ruby Payne's aha! Process since 2001.


  • Master of Education, University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina

Jim's aha! Moment

My aha! moment occurred after I heard Ruby speak about family structure at a conference I attended. I had to find out how she knew so much about my family even though she never mentioned them by name. After my conversation with her, I knew working for aha! Process was going to be my calling. I wanted to be able to get inside participants’ hearts and minds in the same profound way Ruby’s message touched me. I make this my personal goal every time I make a presentation.

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