I was born and raised in the West Rogers Park neighborhood (aka West Ridge) of Chicago. I attended Philip Rogers Elementary School (K-8) and graduated in 1966 from Sullivan High School. I lived in Chicago until I went to college at Indiana University in 1966. After I graduated with a degree in Religious Studies in 1970 my wife and I lived in Albany Park in Chicago while she attended Northeastern Illinois University.
In 1973 we moved to the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and have lived there ever since, raising three children. In 1975 I earned my teaching credentials from Indiana University in Fort Wayne (IPFW). I earned a Masters degree in elementary education, an endorsement in Computer Education (K-12) in 1991, in Reading (K-12) in 1994, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher through Purdue University in 1996. In 1975 I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
During my career I taught grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Reading Recovery, and worked as a reading diagnostic specialist. I worked in four different elementary schools beginning in the 1975-1976 school year and retired in June, 2010. During one of my years as a teacher I also taught a graduate level reading courses at IPFW. Since retirement I taught one semester at IVY Tech Community College, and currently volunteer with first and third graders at a local Elementary School.
I documented my "life" in elementary schools, from Kindergarten through volunteer, in the following posts:
As a student
Rogers School 1953-1962 (K-8)
As a teacher
Sunnymede Elementary School, 1975, Student Teaching
Coesse Elementary School, 1976, Kindergarten
Monroeville Elementary School, 1976-1987, Grades 1 and 3
Woodburn Elementary School, 1987-1991, Grades 2, 3 and 4
Harlan Elementary School, 1991-2010, Grades K, 2, 6, Reading Recovery
Volunteer experiences -- in progress
Besides blogging here I run/coordinate blogs for community and professional organizations. See HERE.
I am a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association – Retired (ISTA-R) and the National Education Association (NEA). I have been a member of ISTA and NEA since 1975. During my years as a teacher I was a building representative, committee chair, state delegate, and local officer.
I am also a member of the following organizations:
The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE)
Kappa Delta Pi
Phi Delta Kappa
The International Literacy Association (ILA)
Reading Recovery Council of North America
I have no political party affiliations. Since the Clinton administration, the Republicans and Democrats have worked together to weaken America's public education system. In Indiana (where I live) the Republicans own the government and are killing public education. In Chicago (where I grew up) the Democrats own the government and are killing public education. Both major parties have sold out to corporate education "reform," apparently for the money.
I support public schools and write about issues that public schools and public school teachers face, particularly the abuse and misuse of standardized tests, the privatization of public education, and the deprofessionalization of the education profession.
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