Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in EnglishB.S. in Adolescence EducationM.A. in EnglishInitial NYS ELA 7-12 Grade Teacher License
I grew up on Long Island, NY where I picked up my annoying accent. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and went right into an ADO-EDU program at Nassau Community College. If you plan on going to college, I highly recommend going to a community college first. You get the same education those first two years no matter where you go and it is way cheaper.
I was the first person in my family to go to college. My family couldn't afford to send me. However, there are a lot of ways you can get funding. I was able to get a free ride to community college through grants. Unfortunately, I had to take out loans for my B.A. and M.A., but I made it work. Anyway, go speak to an advisor if you want to go to college but don’t have the money. Money doesn't have to be an obstacle to higher education.
After I graduated from community college, I went to SUNY Oswego where I earned my B.A., B.S., and my M.A. I wrote my M.A. thesis on gamification and the future of the novel. Basically, I proved that a book could be a video game.
After finally graduating, I moved out to Minnesota to seek fortune and adventure. I found a lot of adventure, but no fortune. While I was in MN I taught English classes at a local community college. I taught college level writing, developmental writing, film, speech, and literature classes.
After three years of ranch dressing, -25 degree weather, and tornados, my wife and I decided to move back to NY. That is when I found the wonderful school of Salamanca, where I now teach 9th grade English.
One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd. If you are in my class, you can expect to hear a lot of LOTR references. I have read all the books and I have seen all the movies. I have even taken a Tolkien studies class.
I am also a fan of cheesy puns and dad jokes. For example: "Two guys walk into a bar. The third guy ducks" You can expect to hear a few of those every week.
One of my favorite hobbies lately is Disc Golf. It is basically the same thing as golf except you throw discs at baskets instead of hitting a ball in a hole. Unfortunately, there are not that many disc golf courses here, but I am going to work on fixing that.
Well, that is basically me in a nutshell. I look forward to getting to know all of you more through-out the year.