Like many others from my graduating class, I left college and headed for the fast track of world of law and finance. After two years crunching numbers, juggling million dollar real estate projects and emerging from Black Monday (October 1987) relatively unscathed, I realized I hated my job. Landing a teaching position at Fessenden School became a watershed event in my life. Looking back over the past years, I fully realize that teaching is an essential part of me. Whether creating a model of the Yangtze River Valley with vivacious 6th graders, discussing the importance of the Bill of Rights with ebullient 7th graders or explaining the decline and fall of the Roman Empire to a loud bunch of 9th graders, I love educating students.
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Furthermore, I spent considerable time creating and writing curriculum. In ninth grade history, I designed lessons, which integrated PowerPoint presentations into my teaching. While not interactive, these presentations incorporated text and graphics in a visually appealing and intellectually stimulating manner. Integrating technology into history classes, I proposed and wrote a grant to install multi-media presentation systems into department classrooms. Moreover, I taught a computer application course, which I helped develop and create, Technology & Skills 7. Decade plus into the 21st Century, the effective integration of technology is critical in the sustainable growth and development of schools.
One fall, I sat in a crowded auditorium about to begin another year teaching when the words of the school head, Tom Hudnut, rang deep. His charge to the faculty was simple. “Be great teachers!” Be like the loon's voice on a summer night. Be that great teacher whose memory and instruction reach into the heart and soul of those you teach. Born and raised in the private school world, I learned from many great teachers. However, none figure so prominently as my middle school teachers: Jim Gardner, Arnold Klingenberg, Jim Carter, Read Albright and Mark Biscoe. When asked why I became a teacher, my answer is inextricably connected to them and my experience at Fenn School. While each nurtured me in a different way,