I graduated from Bard College 1991 with a Bachelors degree in History. Bard is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, which allowed me to build a strong educational foundation.
After I graduated from Bard College, I began Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. I graduated with a Masters degree in the Teaching of Social Studies in 1993. Attending graduate school in Manhattan was a great experience, and really helped to polish my academic background.
I continue to take classes at various universities, and to attend educational seminars in an on-going effort to improve my teaching. Regardless of how educated one becomes, there is always something new to learn. At present, I am learning how to effectively use technology in the classroom.
After I completed graduate school, I worked as a substitute teacher while looking for a full time position. I decided to leave New York and relocated to California in 1994.
In 1994 I was offered a teaching position at Rialto High School in the San Bernardino area. I taught tenth grade World History and eleventh grade US History Advanced Placement for three years. The environment was challenging and difficult at times, but it was very rewarding. The best part of my teaching experience was the opportunity to serve as a mentor for disadvantaged youth.
In 1996 I spent the summer in San Diego, and taught summer school Economics at Poway High School. In 1997 I decided to leave San Bernardino to relocate to San Diego. I took a position at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, and taught Economics and American Government.
It was interesting to observe the differences between high schools. Each school has its own unique environment and culture, and its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Although Economics is an important and interesting subject, I prefer teaching history, and accepted my current position at Grossmont College in 1998.
Since my arrival at Grossmont College, I have taught Early and Modern World History, and Modern Western Civilization. My goal is to expand my course offerings, and to develop courses for on-line learning. Teaching history at Grossmont has been a wonderful experience, and one that I enjoy very much.