St. Fidelis College Seminary (Socioloy)
Grand Canyon University (Master's)
Grand Canyon University (Enrolled)
My name is Cliff and for me teaching is a process but it is also a gift. Good teaching has the ability to help students see and experience a world of possibility. In short, for me it is joining them in the process of discovery and helping them develop habits that will aid them in becoming life-long learners at whatever level I am engaging (coaching) them. I want them to become students of life who are always asking questions, making connections and seeking answers.
Learning for me is student-centered. It is more important that I am able to help them develop their own gifts and talents and experience success with the curriculum instead of feeling burdened or defeated by it. It is hard to see how students at any level develop the habits of being lifelong learners if they never experience joy and success in learning and discovery. For me student-centered learning means education that builds a student's knowledge of a subject but also whenever possible their self-esteem and confidence to go beyond the curriculum and begin to ask and answer the questions that have yet to be posed to them. I want them excited about what they can do instead of defeated by what they think they cannot do.
Lastly, learning is a collaborative experience. Good teachers I think are willing learn as much from their students as they are interested in passing on knowledge to them. This means fostering a learning environment that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of every learner in the classroom – including the teacher. I have experience teaching/tutoring K-12, special education, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of subjects.
Here is a brief synopsis of my background. I entered St. Fidelis College Seminary in Herman, PA after graduating high school and received my BS in psychology in 1976. I also received a certificate for a major in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College Seminary in St. Louis at the same time. I continued my postgraduate studies at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis completing an additional 90 hrs in theology before leaving for other pursuits. I was ordained in 1979.
Soon after I began teaching in a variety of schools in the area along with doing pastoral work. You name it and most likely, I taught it with an emphasis in theology (of course) language arts and Administrating Religious Education Programs (Certified). Along the way, I even taught art and music and administered the religion department of a few parishes and parish schools in the Archdiocese. Later I became a school administrator (assistant principal and principal) of an inner city Catholic school. After more than twenty years in the parochial school system, I switched over and taught Special Education for the St. Louis Public Schools. I can tell you that was fun.
While engaged in teaching Special Ed, I began working on a Masters in Special Ed at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. I became particularly interested in the field of neuropsychology in treating and remediating ADD and ADHD That brought me to Grand Canyon University where I received a M.S. in Psychology in June 2012. That got me excited enough to begin looking for a doctoral program that focused on health psychology or behavioral health even though my background was in learning and cognition. I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Behavioral Health program at GCU and am about a third of the way through. I am currently actively involved with tutoring students primarily on line. In particular, I have focused on undergrad and graduate students in psychology but am open to other students and subjects.
My name is Cliff and for me teaching is a process but it is also a gift. Good teaching has the ability to help students see and experience a world of possibility. In short, for me it is joining them in the process of discovery and helping them develop habits that will aid them in becoming life-long learners at whatever level I am engaging