University of Scranton (English)
University of Scranton (Master's)
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (MEd)
I have been teaching English since 1986. I started out teaching Composition and Public Speaking at Lackawanna Jr. College in Scranton, PA when a professor went on sick leave. In 1987, I accepted a position as Senior and A.P. English teacher at Bishop Hannon High School in Scranton, PA. In 1989, my father became ill, so I left teaching and helped him in his real estate business. In 1990, I was asked by the English Department at the University of Scranton to teach three sections of Composition per semester. Over the years at Scranton, I taught Composition, Italian Cinema, and gave oral exams on James Joyce for the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program. In 1993, I helped get the fledgling College Radio Station, WUSR-FM off the ground and on the air. In 1998, I was asked by Northeast Intermediate Unit #19 to help start a Charter School for At Risk Teens in Archbald, PA. Later that year, I started the "Scholar of the Year" radio show. Each week I interviewed the top academic student from every school district in five counties. I wrote, produced, and conducted every interview and presented the awards at an annual dinner. In 2001, I was recruited to teach at Susquehanna Community High School in Susquehanna, PA. During my tenure at SCHS, I taught 7th-12th grade English, 7th-8th grade reading, Dual Enrollment 11th grade English, Dual Enrollment 12th grade English, and Public Speaking. I am a PA certified Reading Specialist (K-12) and Secondary English Teacher (7-12). I also started and advised the Sabers News Network, a student run, daily morning t.v. news broadcast from 2001-2013.
My teaching methods vary depending on the student, but there a quite a few constants. I always evaluate the student's skill level before beginning instruction. This is done both formally -- Word Lists, Quiz, Writing Sample -- and informally -- IRI and Progressive IRI, Conversation. I believe that all students are capable of learning and that no two students are completely the same, therefore not everyone learns the same way. That is why I use a combination of reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies to insure both academic and real world success.
I retired from public education in the Spring 2013, but have never stopped being a teacher. I have been teaching English since 1986. I started out teaching Composition and Public Speaking at Lackawanna Jr. College in Scranton, PA when a professor went on sick leave. In 1987, I accepted a position as Senior
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I have been playing guitar since I was fourteen years old. I studied music theory for twelve years. I am also a professional musician and currently perform twice a week in Otter Creek and Bar Harbor, respectively. I can teach chords, scales, modes, circle of fifths, and basic theory.
I am a PA state certified Reading Specialist (K-12). I have experience using the following decoding strategies: Syllable Study, Letter Tiles, and Wilsom Method. I also have experience in adult literacy instruction, clinical diagnosis and prescription, and at risk strategies.
I have taught Public Speaking since 1986 on the college and high school levels. My instruction focuses on the six step speech making process and can be applied to a variety of public speaking situations. I also specialize in Socratic Circle discussion and formal debate, as well as broadcast media.