Prior to becoming a teacher, I was an independent documentary filmmaker for 25 years. I worked on programs that aired on PBS, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, Cinemax, and Disney Channel. I continue to make films on my own time. My BA is in Film and Psychology, and I still love to study psychology and attend classes and lectures. Additionally, I’ve been writing a novel and I have continued my studies in education.
As a child I wanted to open my own school. School was difficult for me and I saw my brother and sister easily succeeding. I didn’t discover how fun it was to learn until I grew up because I was now able to approach learning in a fashion that matched my own style, rather than the teacher’s style. When I decided to end my filmmaking career I went into teaching so that I could provide an opportunity for other students, like myself, who struggled in school, to re-experience learning.
After receiving my Masters of Science in Education from Mercy College, my first teaching assignment was as a Special Education Instructor at CES 58 in the Bronx, New York. I later moved to Oregon, and started teaching at Sitton in 2007 at the Resource Center.
I love working with children that, like me, have not thrived in the “standard” educational setting. My educational philosophy is the same as my personal philosophy: “Never give up; No matter what is going on Never give up. Develop the heart; Be compassionate, Not just with your friends, But with everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace; In your heart, And in the world. Work for peace. And I say again, Never give up. No matter what is going on around you, Never give up.” (His Holiness the IVX Dalai Lama).
The best way to contact me is at 503-916-6277, where you can leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. If you prefer email, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1992: (MPSE) Motion Picture Sound Editor’s Award Best Sound Effects Editing for an Animation: Once Upon A Forest
1993: Nominated for Best Dialogue Editing for Godfather 3
2003 – 2005 New York City Teaching Fellow