I was born and raised in the foot of the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Teaching runs in my family as a my grandfather started a high school agricultural education program in central Pennsylvania and my father was the high school Art teacher where I grew up. I was an active FFA member during my own schooling and in 2017 I will be celebrating my 25th reunion as a New York State FFA Officer. I earned my Bachelors in Agricultural Education from Cornell University and my Masters in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech. My doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.
I began teaching at Northern Middle School in 2007 after previously working in the New Jersey Department of Agriculture as the New Jersey FFA Specialist. I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and I teach all the middle school agricultural science classes which include a 9-week 7th grade elective, 18-week 8th grade elective, and year-long 8th grade Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course which is part of a national Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Occasionally I share class activities on twitter via @nbmiddleag. I also advise the Middle School FFA chapter which has been steadily growing as students discover the scope of the agricultural industry beyond the foundation of production agriculture. FFA activities are tweeted about at @nbmiddleffa
In addition to my responsibilities as classroom teacher and FFA advisor, I serve as one of five Facilitators of Instructional Technology in the district and help my colleagues grow their skills with educational technology. I also serve as National Association of Agricultural Educator (NAAE) Region VI (a 13 state region) Secretary and the liaison to the NJ – Career and Technical Education Association for the New Jersey Association of Agricultural Educators.
The NAAE creed begins “I am an agricultural educator by choice and not by chance” and ends with “My love for youth will spur me on to impart something from my life that will help make for each of my students a full and happy future.” Those two lines help inspire what I do as an educator and the choices I make as I try to help students explore the fact that agriculture is all around them.
In my free time, I enjoy doing counted cross-stitch, watching Broadway shows, and foreign travel.
The best way to reach me is firstname.lastname@example.org