Columbia University Teachers College, NYC, NY- M.Ed, TESOL; Ed.D., Applied Linguistics

University of Maryland, College Park, MD - BA, English; MA, English Education

Academic Experience: 

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 grew up on Long Island right next to New York City and JFK airport. I went to the University of Maryland in a Washington, DC suburb to see a different part of the country and ended up taking a teaching job at a high school in a small farm town in Central Maryland when I graduated. Since I had lived close to big cities for my whole life, I really didn't like small town life. I spend my second winter writing to schools all over the world and was lucky enough to get a job with the Ministry of Education in Singapore teaching first at a Malay stream secondary school and then a Chinese stream junior college when they received my MA transcripts. 

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.