The 2019-2020 school year is my 16th year as a public educator. This is my 13th year in the Erie Public School District. I have taught social studies at Strong Vincent and East High Schools before becoming an Erie High Royal. I have instructed on many subjects such as American History, World History, Government, Psychology, Sociology, Holocaust and Injustices, Intro to Teaching, Geography, Current Issues and Seminar courses. Throughout my career I have developed an array of experience that has allowed me to grow as a teacher. My educational philosophy is that I believe all students are capable of learning. They all do not learn at the same rate, but with different methods and strategies it is possible. Students should not be thought of as mindless individuals just waiting to be filled with knowledge from their teacher. Quite the opposite; students should be viewed as individuals who can contribute to the classroom, sharing and gaining knowledge from each other. Students need individualized instruction and guidance, not just lecture. An education is not just soley academic; the teacher must also educate their students mentally by teaching them the skills needed to solve problems and socially by teaching them the skills needed to work productively with others. Students must be able to function in the real world which not only requires academic knowledge but social skills as well. I believe teachers should not be alone in educating students but that parents, families and communities need to be involved as well. This website page will help to facilitate my instruction online in the event that we need to communicate via email and website due to the inability to meet in the classroom at Erie High.