I grew up in a small urban town in New Jersey where I learned that to be truly part of a community meant to be generously involved in that community. I played sports, sang in the choir, acted in plays, was treasurer in student council, and could always be found decorating hallways for spirit week. This visceral connection to my community, along with the deep-rooted ideals of equality and justice that my parents ingrained in me, inspired me to change lives, and the best way I saw fit to do that was to become an educator. After graduating from UMASS-Amherst, I earned my Masters in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Rutgers GSE. I have taught at all levels and my experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels has given me broad experiences and skills in understanding how students learn.
During my time at Carol Morgan I have been a leader in our school’s Bring Your Own Device program. I was on the pilot team that introduced BYOD, as well as a member of the EdTech Leadership Team. In my continuous drive with technology I have been committed to, not only learning for myself, but also sharing with other teachers how they too can use technology. Because of this work I look forward to expanding my role to an Innovation and Tech Specialist, to help facilitate alongside teachers the integration of technology to engage and empower students.
Six years ago my wife and I decided to move our lives, with our two dogs in tow, to the Dominican Republic. Within two months, our daughter, Rafaella, now 5, was born and Santiago, now 3 1/2, was born the following year. The International scene has been a blessing to our family and one we plan to continue. Out of the classroom I like to play the keyboard in my band, referee our annual Thanksgiving Olympics, host theme parties, and play pick up games of volleyball and soccer.