Columbia University Teachers College, NYC, NY- M.Ed, TESOL; Ed.D., Applied Linguistics
University of Maryland, College Park, MD - BA, English; MA, English Education
Howard Comminity Colege, Columbia MD - 1992-2001
Hostos Community College/City University of New York (CUNY), Bronx, NY - 1988-92
Queens College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City College, Borough of Manhattan Community Colege, All CUNY (Adjunct), 1985-1987
Hunter College/CUNY (Adjunct), NY, NY - 1988-1990
Medgar EverysCollege/CUNY, Brooklyn, NY - 1979-1985
Hwa Chong Junior Colege, Singapore - 1977-1979
I really enjoyed teaching ESL so I kept at it when I returned to the states and worked for the City University of New York (CUNY) at several different branches teaching ESL, English and Linguistics. I worked longest at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn where I taught mostly Haitian and West African students and then Hostos Community College in the South Bronx near Yankee Stadium, a bilingual college serving the huge local Puerto Rican and Dominican communities.
Along the way I married a woman from Texas and had a daughter. Since were were living on W. 46th Street a few blocks from Times Square, we knew we had to move to a safer environment with better, more peaceful schools. I sent off more applications and took a job in Columbia, Maryland, between Baltimore and DC off I95 at Howard Community College to start an ESL program for its growing number of Asian students, particularly residents of the local Korean community. I became a Division Chair there, so when we decided to move again, I was hired as the Dean of Letters and Social Sciences here at SRJC in 2001. I held that position for fifteen years until July of 2016 when I decided to return to teaching and end my career in education as it had begun.
My daughter born in NYC is now working on an MA in Environmental/Outdoor Education at the University of Washington in Seattle after having received a BS in Marine Biology and working in marine mammal care (mostly dolphins and otters) for several years, I don't know where that will exactly lead her, but I hope she finds a career that suits her and makes her happy. My son is trying to graduate in Journalism at San Jose State after six years since he was an animation major for 2 years first.
My wife is now a Clinical Social Worker and therapist working part time at several agencies around Santa Rosa. She was a voice major for awhile in college and is a great singer and member of several choral groups including our church choir where I work the sound system for services and concerts. When not at work, we spend as much time hiking around Sonoma County and kayaking when we can. Since I spent most of my life in or near big cities, I also try to go to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland or San Jose whenever possible.