Hi. You can call me Mr. Smith … actually, you can call me anything you want but please call me Mr. Smith. After a brief career as a second grade teacher (private and public schools), and then as a teacher at one of the Bronx’s most attrocious middle schools (CIS 166, Roberto Clemente), I moved in 2008 to New Mexico where I am the Director of Technology for a fabulous school district.
For those of you who may be wondering, I am a well-qualified AARP member. After 26 years as an entrepreneur, executive, manager, supervisor, on-air radio personality and basic corporate flunkie, I became a something worthwhile: a teacher. I received my K-6 Elementary Certification and an Instructional Technology Certification along with my Master of Science (the Science of Instruction) from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). Yes … I brag that I completed a Master’s degree with a perfect 4.0 average in during my “young middle age” years because it is one of the things of which I am the proudest.
There is a wonderful irony to my time as a classroom teacher because I haunted Dominican Nuns and The Christian Brothers of Ireland throughout my student career. To date, I am the only alumnus of my grammar school to get kicked out of class every single day of 8th Grade. It is is believed that I caused my teacher to leave the brotherhood (he must have seen me as the Anti-Christ). Yes, Brother D …, there is such a thing as payback. Teaching middle school in the Bronx was more than anyone should have to endure. In fairness, the kids were pretty good … the adminstration was not qualified or skilled enough to be mucking out horse stables.
I love teaching, abut I especially love my job as a Technology Director because I get to promote the infusion of technology in the classroom. I have actually been fortunate to become certified for online instruction and webcasting. Living in New Mexico is absolutely fabulous!
I am also proud to be a Rotarian.
Anyway, this blog has been more than just a creative release for me. It has been a chance for me to use my experience and education to contribute information about radio (especially Don Imus), fishing (especially the Waterfalls Lodge), education, hockey (the New York Rangers) and other happenings around the world. I try to respond to every comment (when possible). I don’t profess to be the end-all to anything, but only hope that my perspectives encourage readers to explore topics more deeply and to develop their own realities rather than relying on the propaganda from the American media.
Somebody else must have said this because I don’t think it is my original thought (well, Alzheimer’s may be setting in), but knowledge and information are the guarantors of freedom. We should never fail in our quest to learn more and to understand what is going on around us. I hope that this blog will assist you in your quest,
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