Mr. Smith's Neighborhood

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About Me January 28, 2006

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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9 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Kimberly Roberts Says:

    Hey Vern!
    Great job on the site. You know I am not one to normally give you compliments. But since many strangers will be visiting your site, I will hold back. By the way, you have already added heavily to the bull manure in your neck of the woods. Remember, I know you!

    Your favorite verbal abuser,

  2. bluboo Says:

    A big hello to Kim and Mrs. Smith of the Future. Yes, a bird sanctuary does exist behind the domestic domicile with about 200 regular visitors who, fortunately, leave most of their respects in the grass and trees. It is a welcome escape in the middle of Condo Heaven.

    As for the contributions that I have made to the manure situation, I think I am a much bigger contributor to global warming than to fertilizer. Petunia tells me often that my hot air and other emissions are adding to the greenhouse effect but, thankfully, I am not destroying the ozone layer.

    And, All Powerful Kimberly, your compliments and blessings are always accepted with a most thankful spirit (and rejoicing that I have not been slammed like a crash test dummy).

    Mr. Smith

  3. Wendy Says:

    Aww…I wasnt quick enough to be the first one! Very nice Vern, Mr. Technology. I will no doubt be asking you technology questions after I get on Kim’s last nerve. Between my lesson plans and the Drexel class, I’ll need all the help I can get. I hope this serves as a resource for all us new teachers (poor grammar, I know). Best, Wendy

  4. Vern's Child Prodigy Says:

    Hey! I would like to know why there is no mention of your loving children in there. Especially your outstanding oldest son who is not only a child prodigy but a genius who will be attending Quinnipiac University next year. Thanks 😉

  5. bluboo Says:

    To my dear Child Prodigy:

    I am more proud of you, your brother and sister than you can imagine. However, I chose to keep you anonymous based on the focus upon my professional development. My credibility is also at risk because nobody would believe that a man of my age, having raised three children, would even consider entering an elementary classroom. Imagine what people would think if they knew I am also a summer camp counselor. Oops, I guess that one is out of the bag too.

    In any event, congrats on Quinnipiac and I promise not to say “I told you so!” when your aunt and grandmother show up in your dorm every weekend because you did not follow the four hour rule for going away to college.

  6. mkeckler Says:

    Having fun reading your blog. I subscribed.

    I just love teachers that love what they do!


  7. bluboo Says:

    Dear Maria,

    Thank you for the kind comments and thanks for subscribing. I have added your blog address to my links page since I admire anyone like me trying to teach writing to this bizarre Internet and Text-Messaging culture.

    I must also confess that I now am feeling the initial throes of performance anxiety. I mean, I now have to live up to the standards that enticed you to sign-up for updates. That means either more medication or more Carlo Rossi Paisano wine ($6.99 per GALLON). Or both.

    Thanks again!

  8. Karen Says:

    Hi Vern! do you remember me? Karen Winkle – I used to be an active member on the Beanie group? How are you?

    • bluboo Says:

      OMG! You bet I remember you! Nickname: Anasazi! I am now living in Santa Fe, NM. I walk past the “Inn of the Anasazi” almost everyday at lunch and have thought of you. How are things!

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