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About Mr. Mody
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know:

This is my sixth year as a teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, and twelfth
year teaching overall. During that time, I have had the following teaching assignments: Ninth Grade English, Writers' Workshop, Forms of Literature, Core American Literature, AIS English, AIS Social Studies, American Literature, Readers' Workshop, The American Experience, Shakespeare and University in the High School Mythology.

Prior to teaching at BH-BL, I worked for six years at Ballston Spa High School where I taught English and Social Studies, advised several clubs, and coached the school's indoor and outdoor track teams and rugby team.

In terms of my education, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College in 1998 and a Master of Arts in Teaching (English) from Union Graduate College in 2000, while completing a teaching internship at Mohonansen High School in Rotterdam, NY. I completed both an undergraduate honor's thesis (on addiction) and a Master's thesis (on learning theory), and also spent time abroad studying martial arts and language in the People's Republic of China (and playing rugby). Currently, I am attending SUNY Plattsburgh as a grad student in a CAS program.

As a professional writer, I was a regular contributor for the CR4 Engineering Community, where I wrote for the technology in education blog, The Whiteboard Jungle. I also occasionally wrote for the Automotive Blog and a few others. While I enjoy blogging, my favorite genre is poetry. Hopefully, I will publish an anthology of poetry some day. I have a partially completed book and a partially completed screen play that are great at collecting dust. 

In my spare time, I play rugby for the Saratoga Stampede Rugby Club and coach the Saratoga Mustangs Girls U-19 Rugby Club - who made the State Finals in 2008, 2009, and 2010. 
 
I also enjoy water sports and especially spending time with my family.  I live in Ballston Spa with my wife, Amanda, our son Pete, and our dog, Sampson.