Welcome parents, students and all others! I want to tell you a little about myself and my educational and professional background. This is my tenth school year at Goetz Middle School, having previously taught in the Asbury Park School District. Additionally I am an adjunct professor at Stockton University in Galloway Twp. where I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in organizational leadership. I hold a Master's degree in Special Education with graduate research in teaching literacy to students with emotional and behavioral disorders and a Master's degree in School Administration and Leadership, both from Georgian Court University. I hold a BA in History, an AAS degree, and an AA degree as well. For many years I was a co-adjunct instructor in the Division of Government Services at Rutgers University. My passion and area of expertise is American History, with a concentration in the American Civil War. I have been a lecturer in local history and other subjects around the state, and have served as a museum director and docent both locally and in a Civil War museum Philadelphia. I still speak occasionally before groups on a variety of subjects including social-emotional learning, trauma-sensitive classrooms, and various leadership topics.
I believe that all students must be provided with an opportunity to be succesful in school and in life. I bring a lifetime of experience into the classroom, try to intergrate literacy and public speaking into my history classes, and also introduce social-emotional-learning into my classes. I have taught both general and special education literacy and history at Goetz, and am now teaching an introduction to business studies class and a new social-emotional learning class at Goetz this year. Social and emotional learning will follow the CASEL model and will position students for greater success in both adademics and careers and will provide an introduction to learning both about themselves and others, as well as learning some of those "soft skills" that studies say that students and even college graduates are lacking today. It should be a very interesting and informative year as this class will be a bit different and forward-focused than many students are used to. With your support, I will do my very best to ensure success and growth for our students both now and in the future. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can help in any way.