First and foremost, I am a teacher. Even though I don't have a classroom anymore, I continue to work with our students from Franklinton High School in Columbus, Ohio USA (www.franklintonhigh.org).
My professional licensure is in Adolescent & Young Adult, English Language Arts (ELA). I received my M.Ed. from Antioch University. Typically, I work with students between the ages of 14-18.
Along with ELA, I have taught Video Production, Ethics & Morality, and for one short season I was also FHS's boxing coach!
Mondokio International News
Mondokio International News was an educational resource that allowed high school students to consider multiple perspectives on the same news topic. My objective for this project was to pierce the culturally-specific lens by which everyone perceives the world around them. In its place, the idea was to develop a kind of a global lens for understanding important world events and create a better framework for cross-cultural communication. The service positively impacted hundreds of young people and was used by many educators in several countries. It was also the reason I became a high school teacher. The project ended in 2015.
The FPA Show
The FPA Show was a collaboration between myself and my students while I was a teacher at Franklinton Preparatory Academy (now called Franklinton High School). Every other week, the entire school would assemble in-person to view the show. Most of all, we wanted it to be funny. But it was also topical, somewhat educational, and usually entertaining. I'm a firm believer in creating content for one's peers -- whether they be young or old. I also love the possibility of creating "student celebrities." Many students on a daily basis perform remarkable acts of humanity unseen by most people. I believe these acts of perseverance, empathy, intelligence, and even heroism are worth celebrating on our screens.