I have 21 years of teaching and coaching experience with kids from the inner city. My career began as a Reading and Art teacher which are two things that I was always good at doing, so I used those strengths to enhance the weaknesses of others. I have always wanted to teach in the city around kids who grew up like I did and faced many of the things that I did. I learned how to live and become a solid person from men who were not solid in many aspects of their own lives, but loved me enough to guide me to become the best person that I could be. So I teach them, to pay those men back for the investment they made in me many years ago during the growing of my learning tree.
I teach the truth through literature and life experience hoping to cause my students to think and not just repeat or recite. I want answers from thoughts, thoughts about their condition and how their history can truly educate them. I use novels, movies and short stories that lead into true history lessons and truthful conversations that dispel historic and current lies. My lessons are for the teachers who work with kids who are "at-risk", cannot read, don't like to read and who are considered disadvantaged. It is within this group that I base my time and effort in an attempt to get them to see how reading or watching "To Kill a Mockingbird" can lead them right into learning about Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop and the connection to Atticus Finch.
1999-2000 East Cleveland Teacher of the Year Three-time Top 20 Teacher Selection
Career Based Intervention, Art Education, Reading Education, Graphic Design/Illustration, African American Studies
I wrote a book entitled "Winning the Toss." Short Stories: "As Fast As You Can" Novels: "The Antietam Jones Mysteries"
English Language Arts, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Civics, U.S. History, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Character Education, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, Classroom Community