Paul's Passion: Human Potential Development

Paul Thiebaut III, Founder CEO

Paul Thiebaut III started his career as an educator and nonprofit founder in 2003 when he discovered a passion for human potential.

Paul has 15 years of experience developing intrinsic motivation (passion) curriculum and programs for children prek-12. Paul has taught more than 1,000 students how to pursue their passions, trained more than 2,000 people to cultivate passions, and developed more than 10 passion-based curriculum.

Paul founded the nonprofit, Thiebaut Method, in 2009. Paul has raised more than $5 million in monetary contributions and recruited of more than 1,000 volunteers. Paul has also established more than 200 partnerships and generated more than 25 news features .

Paul also works as a private Passion Coach to guide high schoolers in discovering and developing their passions into talents and strengths.

Articles by Paul

Mariamne's Passion: Animals

​Mariamne Caballero Borden, Executive Director

Mariamne has worked in the field of social services and education for the past nine years. She recently worked as a Family Advocate for Head Start for nearly four years. Her past responsibilities included qualifying and enrolling families, maintaining health records, and teaching families how to advocate for their children’s education. Mariamne graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Psychology and Social Work. She grew up in a diverse community of low economic status. Mariamne is the first generation in terms of American citizenship and college education and was raised by her mother who immigrated from Panama with little means. Coming from a single-parent family, she knows the struggles of not having the financial support needed to overcome the cycle of poverty. Her motivation is that all children from disadvantaged communities have the opportunities to become self-sufficient and successful without having to experience the same hardships that she went through to get to where she is today.

Theron's Passion: Computer Science

Theron Mansilla, IT Specialist

Theron is currently a sophomore at Swarthmore College studying Computer Science and Mathematics. Originally from Stockton, a city recognized statewide for its lack of economic opportunities, Theron constantly struggled in high school to find opportunities to explore his interest in computers. It was at Swarthmore that Theron was fortunate enough to find himself overwhelmed with opportunities tailored towards his interest in computers. Theron describes himself as privileged to be able to have a sense of direction in his life and wishes to give all underserved students from similar backgrounds the opportunity to discover their purpose. As a first-generation college student, Theron is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Thiebaut Method.