Western Connecticut State University, BA English (2001)
Lesley University, MFA Creative Writing/Poetry (2006)
My greatest experience as an Oral Expression teacher at Landmark is being able to step back and watch as groups of students crane themselves over desks to collaborate on a group project, create a semantic map for a discussion on a Guinness Book of World Record, develop restaurant ideas, or film their own commercials. Although I lacked experience in teaching (one year at a school for deaf children) before joining the Landmark team, I could not imagine being in any other sort of environment; teaching or otherwise. The experiences I have had at Landmark are even incomparable to the seven years I spent working in a theater.
As an Oral Expression teacher, I find it imperative to make sure my students understand how language works and how to use it effectively. With a focus on pronunciation, parts of speech, word meaning, abstract thought, sentence structure, retrieving memory, and categorizing, my students learn the valuable skills and strategies to communicate. My class does very little writing since the emphasis is on spoken language. We explore a variety of themes that initiate discussion, prior knowledge, and new knowledge.
I also teach Standard Language Arts tutorials and Projects in Technology, coach three sports, and oversee students in their dorms. Yes, it is a lot of time on campus, but it is worth every moment. I am the youngest of three boys and always wanted a younger sibling. This is not only why I am a teacher, but a teacher at Landmark. The approach of this school encompasses every aspect of life in a systematic and entertaining manner. I feel fortunate to be able to interact with students on multiple levels of their educational and social experiences as they develop into intelligent, independent, and freethinking adults. My time at Landmark is an expansion of my participation in the most structured and dynamic environment that I have ever seen.