About Me + Portfolio
I am a proud, lifelong son of Brooklyn and product of the New York City Public School system. Say what you want about public schools or the New York City Department of Education specifically, I had what I would consider an very good educational and social experience as a student throughout my elementary, middle, and high school experiences.
My positive experiences in public institutions continued on into my main undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral experiences in the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
I was, and still consider myself, a curious child of the world. I enjoy tinkering, learning new skills and trades, and being a part of the growth and learning experiences of others. Hence, my interest in teaching and learning. I love the 'Ah-ha' moment that people experience, including myself. I find it motivational and exciting.
I began my career in education over 20 years ago as a paraprofessional and later became licensed teacher in the New York City Department of Education and an adjunct professor at my Alma mater, Brooklyn College.
My teaching|learning interests are centered around two main points: STEM education and the health, wellness, and longevity of teachers.
As a STEM educator is to develop science and instructional technology literacy within teachers, teacher educators, and elementary school students. I believe that teaching and learning is enhanced through designing and delivering high-quality technology infused instruction to students across all grade levels. Additionally, it is my belief that high quality science & computer science instruction should be fostered and encouraged through hands-on/minds-on experiences for all stakeholders: pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, parents, students, administrators and the community at-large.
As a practitioner and advocate for complementary wellness practices I would like to bring improved feelings of well-being to teachers and learners through mindfulness and other practices. This aspect of my interests has become a very personal undertaking as I, like many other teachers, have experienced some degree of burnout at points in my career. Teacher retention has been a problem in the profession and it is my belief that better care and compassion for self is a real path to creating better health, wellness, and longevity.