Welcome to 10th Grade, year-long English. This course is divided into two semesters.
The first semester is devoted to Compensatory Reading. Compensatory Reading is designed to help students become better readers, better writers, and improve their test-taking skills. It is designed to help students who have struggled with English in the past get ready for English II.
The second semester is devoted to English II and is designed very much like other semester-long English II classes. During this semester, we are working on sharpening our skills and getting ready for that all-important English State Test.
It is important to note that the students who take this year-long English class do not take the State Test at the end of the first semester. Instead, they are given the full-year to prepare and take the test.
About the Teacher
I bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom. I worked in the casino industry for nearly 20 years. I began my career in the casino industry as a Gaming Commissioner, setting policy and ensuring compliance with State and Federal Law. I made the transition from Gaming Regulation to Gaming Operations after 5 years. On the Casino Operations side, I began as a security officer and worked my way up to the Director of Security. I also have experience as a private investigator and worked as a firefighter for nearly 16 years. After choosing to retire from these fields, I went back to college and earned my degree as a teacher. I hope to bring, not only educational experience to the classroom but real-world experience as well.
I am originally from the New England area and made the move to Mississippi in 2011. I am married to my wonderful wife, Angelica, and we have four children. Our oldest two children are grown and have started families of their own. So, I am also a grandfather of four. Our two middle children are in college. Our son is a senior at the University of Memphis and our youngest daughter is a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi. We recently adopted our two youngest children, ages 2 and 1. My wife is an educator as well, with degrees from Texas A&M in teaching and reading recovery. We own a local tutoring company and we are dedicated to the academic and personal improvement of all children.
My education is as follows:
Northwest Mississippi Community College: Associate of Arts Degree in Secondary Education.
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss): Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, with a focus in English/Literature.
Currently enrolled in a Master's program at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy and will be completing this program in the winter of 2020.