I come from a working class family in a working class town. I moved to the Rochester area from my hometown of Massena, NY almost 30 years ago. After teaching at Gananda Schools and the Rochester City School District, I was hired for a full-time teaching position in the Webster Central School District in 1997. I moved to Webster in ‘99, and since then Webster has been my adopted hometown. My wife Gina is the principal of School #46 in the RCSD, my son Michael is getting ready for his second year at Finger Lake Community College, and my daughter Giuliana is entering her junior year at Thomas High School, where I teach English.
Teaching and being with young people has been my life. When I’m not teaching, I’m thinking about teaching. Aside from coaching three sports, I have been a leader in curricular design, technology integration, and instructional practices. I was certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2008, which is considered to be the “gold standard of teaching.” Currently, my focus is on restorative practices, and implementing community building circles to strengthen relationships and increase participation and engagement.