I believe that exemplary public schools are a powerful three way partnership between students, educators, and parents. The Newtown Board of Education sets policy, provides oversight, and maintains legal and fiscal integrity that benefits the entire community. My role, if elected to the board, is to help promote the highest level of excellence for teaching and student learning. I believe in practical vigorous professional development to concert with effective administrative leadership that inspires teachers in the classroom. I also believe that highly motivated teachers ignite highly motivated students to achieve excellence in all subject areas.
I have carried a professional mission over 40 years as an Educator in the public schools (25 in Norwalk and 15 in Newtown) and that is “to be a refreshing influence to all I meet”.
Now retired, my wife Maria and I have lived 25 years in Newtown. We have two adult children, four adult step children, one grand baby Sophia Grace (deceased), and six step grandchildren.
Technology Education Teacher for Newtown Public Schools from June 2002-June 2016.
I developed a State of Connecticut Department of Education Exemplary Technology Education Program at The Newtown Middle School.I was featured in various local and state print media, as well as, a national magazine blog for interactive teaching and a “museum like” classroom. In addition, I served on numerous committees for school improvement and provided professional development workshops for topics related to school climate, curriculum development, and teaching methodology. I was the “educator” board member for the Newtown Youth and Family Services and participated in a number of community activities with students and other teachers. I have been honored with the 2004-2005 “Teacher of The Year” at Newtown Middle School and 2015-2016 district wide “Profiles in Professionalism” awards.
During the course of my employment as a public school Educator in Norwalk from September 1977 -June 2002, I served in the capacities of Vocational Instructor, Work Study Coordinator/Career Counselor, High School Industrial Arts Teacher, Central Office Subject Area Supervisor, Interim Principal at the elementary and middle school level, and Middle School Technology Education Teacher. In addition, I have taught Adult Education, CETA Bilingual, and Summer School Supervision at the Alternative High School Program. I achieved State of Connecticut recognition in local print media including Star 99.9 FM which featured me on the morning program. I have presented numerous professional development workshops and served as a Resident CT BEST Program Assessor.
BS Secondary Education CCSU,
MA and 6th Year CAS School Administration, Fairfield University.