A few words about me. I am a recently (2017) retired teacher. I taught history, government, economics, and philosophy at Laurel School in Shaker Hts OH for 37 years. I taught APUSH for 20 years. My students did well on the APUSH exam, earning a 4.3 (out of a possible 5) median average over the course of 20 years. In addition, many of those students wrote accomplished formal research papers that were published in The Concord Review, an international journal that publishes the best high school student writing in history each year. I coached Lincoln -Douglas debate for many years as well. Several of our debaters reached the state finals. I directed the Kenyon Academic Partnership (KAP) for 33 years. KAP is a consortium of 30 Ohio high schools that work with Kenyon College faculty to offer nearly 20 college courses for Kenyon College credit.
I grew up in Milwaukee WI. I attended St John's College in Annapolis MD where I studied the foundations of Western culture in literature, philosophy, history, science, and mathematics. I later studied at The Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago, where I continued my study at the doctoral level of intellectual and cultural history. I moved to Cleveland in 1980 to join Laurel School. I married my wife, Irma, in 1988. She is a teacher in the Cleveland elementary schools. We have two sons: Ben is a chef and Tom is a systems analyst.