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Fall 2017

Section 1124 of ENGL100
College Reading and Writing -- : Aug 26 - Aug 26 2017
The above section is a hybrid class that includes 9 Saturday face-to-face class meetings, which includes a final exam on 12/16 and extensive online activity throughout the semester. After registering through the normal SRJC registration process visit the class homepage for further details.

Section 1362 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Aug 21 - Dec 15 2017
After registering through the normal SRJC registration process visit the class homepage for further details.

Summer 2017

Section 8254 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jun 19 - Aug 10 2017

Spring 2017

Section 6033 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 17 - May 19 2017
After registering through the normal SRJC registration process, visit the Distance Education website to find any available online course material.

Section 6829 of ENGL100
College Reading and Writing -- : Jan 17 - May 20 2017
The above section is a hybrid class that includes 10 Saturday face to face class meetings, including a final exam on 5/21, and extensive online activity throughout the semester. After registering through the normal SRJC registration process, visit the Distance Education website to find any available online course material.

B.A. in English, City College of New York
M.A. in Education, City College of New York
Lifetime Teaching Credential State of New York
Single Subject English Credential, California
Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate
Certification in Online Teaching, UCSD
Specialized Certification in Teaching Reading, UCSD

Academic Experience: 


2004-Present Adjunct Professor, English Dept. SRJC
2005-Present Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa, CA

1987-1992 Harriet Beecher Stowe Junior High, Harlem, NY
1993-2002 Murry Bergtraum High School, Manhattan, NY
2002-2004 Rancho Cotate High, Rohnert Park, CA
2004-2005 Geyserville High School, Geyserville, CA

My paternal grandfather was born in Rumsza, Poland and emigrated to New Jersey. Both of my maternal grandparents emigrated from Sicily, Italy to Brooklyn, New York. My Dad met my Mom after leaving New Jersey with the intention of finding an Italian bride. He carried his first photo of her in his wallet until he passed in 2007 after fifty-four years of marriage. My mother passed away in April 2010. I am a second generation Italian/Polish-American who grew up in Brooklyn, wanting to be a centerfielder for the Yankees. When that didn't pan out I set my sights on being an architect and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. After realizing that my calling was not designing my surroundings, but describing them, I turned my attention to writing. By the time I graduated college, I found teaching in my heart. I went on to earn my MA in Education. Twenty six years later, I still love what I do.

In the midst of my teaching, 9/11 changed everything. At the time, I was teaching in a school that was five blocks from the World Trade Center. The Manhattan Superintendent's office was inundated with all sorts of things sent to us from different parts of the country. There were teddy bears from Florida, flags from Texas, and letters from California which miraculously found their way into my hands. I had my students write back and because there was no teacher name, I addressed my cover letter: "To the Teacher Who is Cool Enough to Care." I stayed in touch with that teacher and not only eventually learned her name, but in July 2002, came to Santa Rosa to meet her. We have been married for twelve years and have two daughters. (Pictured with my two daughters, step-granddaughter and step-grandson.)

Professional Areas of Interest: 

Appeared in Off Broadway:
"No Place to Be Somebody" By Charles Gordone
"Love's the Best Doctor" By Moliere
"To Be Done with the Judgment of God" By Antonin Artaud
"Santa Claus and the Unicorn" By Harlem Dance Foundation
"Wonders of the Universe" By Harlem Dance Foundation

Public Television Productions:
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN): "Jimbo's Fantabulous Allstars" 1995-2002
MNN: "Real Life: Northern Cali" 2002-2004
Community Media, Santa Rosa: "NYC TV" 2004-2005

Playwright, Off Broadway:
"Sarapo" Performed By Survivor Theatre
"The Dream in the Bathroom" Performed by Survivor Theatre

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

Journalism Advisor, Catamount Newspaper, Rancho Cotate High School, 2002-2004
Safe School Ambassadors Advisor, Santa Rosa High School, 2005-2006
High School Senior and Non-Senior Awards Night Coordinator and Facilitator 2009 and 2010
"Poetry Out Loud" Judge, 2010-Present



 

Presentations and Publications: 

Poetry and Fiction published in:

Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream
First Leaves
Main Street Rag
Sleet Magazine
trapeze magazine
Weirdyear
Heavy Hands Ink
50 to 1
Flashshot
Three Line Poetry
In Between Altered States
Death Head Grin
Down in the Dirt
Postcard Shorts
Mad Scientist Journal
50 Word Stories
Synchronized Chaos
The Subtopian
The Fable Online                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     




 

Honors and Awards: 

Nominee: Who's Who in Teaching, 1995

"I discovered inside myself, even in the very midst of winter, an invincible summer." ~Camus