Jeff has been an educator, writer, and activist for the last 38 years. He's taught upper elementary school, middle school math and science, and high school math. He is currently a Professor of Education in California. He is a nationally known curriculum specialist and writer having written curriculum for such prominent organizations as The Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance Magazine, The Civil Rights Memorial Center Museum, The Anti-Defamation League, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Museum of Tolerance, and Tolerance.org. He's written successful curriculum guides for Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning films. Find out more about his professional life at www.jeffsapp.com.
I believe that teaching is about relationships. It is important to have intimate and appropriate relationships with colleagues that are rich with respect and collaboration. It is important to have a deep and respectful relationship with my content area where I am first and foremost a learner. It is important to be immersed in an authentic relationship with parents and the community where I teach. It is imperative to me to have a reflective relationships with my self so that I know who I am. These rich relationships allow me to enter in to authentic relationships with students that go beyond traditional teacher-student paradigms and result in turning point experiences for all.
Jeff recently won his university 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Writing has long been a passion of his and he has received many awards for it. His children's book - Rhinos & Raspberries - won the Golden Lamp Award, the Association of Educational Publishers' highest honor. His Teaching Tolerance Magazine feature article "How My School Taught Me I Was Poor" won an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award, one of the highest honors in the field of educational publishing. He has been a consultant on several Academy Award-winning films and won multiple awards for his excellence in teaching.
Born, raised, and educated in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and a proud graduate of West Virginia University where he received his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction.
Jeff lives in Long Beach, California with his husband Sino Donato and their 7-year-old daughter Helena. They are restoring a nearly hundred-year-old California bungalow and trying to get it ready for its hundredth birthday in a couple of years. In his free time Jeff likes to garden, go to antique stores with Sino, and have long, thoughtful talks with Helena about feminism.