About Me

Is it true when people say that teachers have "no lives?" Well maybe!  I mean,  it's true that I spend a lot of time reading--fiction and poetry are my favorites, but I like to read topically about music, the environment, history, politics, and art. During the school year, though, I read students' writing. A lot of student writing.  And, I enjoy it; in fact, I enjoy working, and I have a great respect for education--for engaging one's brain with the world.  I am very fortunate to have lived in these United States for the last fifty plus years.

I was born in Richmond, VA.  My family lived in Sherborn, MA, Northbrook, IL, and Acton, MA, from where I left for college in Winooski, VT--Saint Michael's.  I spent many summers in VT, which is where half of my relatives are from, the other half from VA.  However, after getting my second bachelor's degree, this one from Central Connecticut State University, where I also earned my certificate to teach, I settled down in Connecticut to raise a family.  I have been married for twenty-six years; my wife and I have been blessed with two children. 

I am fortunate to have had a rich professional experience over my career, during which I have earned a master's degree in English from Trinity College, have taught at Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA, and have taught at South Windsor High School since 1996.  Here's a link to my resume if you are interested.  I am active with a number of professional organizations: I have chaired the Connecticut Education Association's Commission for Instruction and Professional Development, for example, have been PAC chair for the South Windsor Education Association, and remain the archivist for the New England Association of Teachers of English. 

Unfortunately, three business days after teaching a senior AP Literature class, part of the University of Connecticut's Early College Experience program, several South Windsor district leaders succumbed to prejudice and moved to fire me.  I had encouraged the class to take on a student's question about gratuitous language in an Allen Ginsberg poem to close class.  You may read more here.

Now, I am teaching at UConn, as adjunct faculty, and am enjoying once again the challenge, joy, and work associated with teaching and learning.  Students are well-prepared, bright, and come with diverse histories, all of which are important to our overall work. Scholarship seeks knowledge. Disciplines need inventive thinkers. Communities grow with free and vibrant minds. Of course, as Bob Marley sings, "When one door is closed, another is opened," so I have found a new passion in freelance writing, and this new vector has been wonderful.  One truly learns as one writes.

During the school year, when I'm not planning, preparing/reading/writing,  teaching, reading students' work, collaborating with colleagues, or communicating with parents,  I revel in  playing hockey or listening to music: I love music, especially the blues.  During the summer, I enjoy hiking, especially  with my kids: we've been doing a lot of back country hiking and camping lately.   I also try to cure the golf bug that I have had since I was a kid--I'm an 11.  Moreover, you might find me heading to the beach, swimming in lakes and rivers, playing frisbee and hacky sack, or working in my yard--weeding is an obsession!

I look forward to learning more about you, as a student, too!