John has a lengthy employment history in the field of education. Professionally, he has taught for twenty-four years in the public school system mainly in grades six through eight with a focus on mathematics. His experience with public school students has ranged from the typical classroom setting to inclusion situations to special education and co-teaching as well as small group academic intervention.
John was employed in the juvenile justice system as a county probation officer and by the New York State Division for Youth as a teacher of incarcerated youth. Additionally, he has teaching experience at the primary grade levels, BOCES experience, employment in both day care and adult education settings, and a decade of experience teaching summer school. He currently teaches mathematics to special education students in grades six through eight and instructs AIS in mathematics to seventh and eighth grade students.
John's strengths encompass communication, understanding, and compassion. Whether it has been adjusting a lesson on the fly or finding alternative means of communicating a concept or idea, he has always done so in a positive manner. John has publicly addressed boards of education as well as parent and community groups and has always received positive feedback.
John has written essays, papers, and articles and is know for his depth of understanding, historical perspectives, amount of supportive research, and his ability to explain things that may be considered complex in ways that are clear and easily discernible. He is one of “the best” when it comes to establishing relationships with students and their parents.
John is actively involved in the Opt Out movement in New York State and has applied to the Board of Regents.