I’ve taken the liberty of responding to Doug’s opt-in meme because there is clearly a demand in the blogosphere for more personal information about me. I must give the people what they want.
What I Was Doing Ten Years Ago
I was two months shy of my 21st birthday and finishing up my Junior Professional Experience in a 7th grade English classroom. I’m told my cooperating teacher remarked to a friend of mine, “He’ll be a good… high school English teacher”
(haha, joke’s on her!). Also, I was getting paperwork in order to student teach at – wait for it – Allentown High School, where I got to student teach under my former 11th grade teacher and one of my main influences in becoming a teacher (this wasn’t my high school; I just followed her there!).
Five Things on my To-Do List for Today
Not much, I’m afraid, as it’s after 10pm, but here are 5 things I did today:
- Scored some reading quizzes on Twelfth Night
- Attended my final Statistics class – significant because it’s my last class of my last course of my graduate degree!
- Put together more application packets for school psychologist positions for next school year
- Set up a new wiki for my Multicultural Studies students to pool their research on contemporary Native Americans (it’s empty now, but check back in a week or two!)
- Agreed to do a guest speaker spot in a graduate ed-tech class being taught by a colleague in July. Details are sketchy as yet, but wikis, Twitter, Skype, and RSS were all part of the discussion. I’m really looking forward to this!
Snacks I Enjoy
- Chunky peanut butter and honey on whole wheat
- Extra sharp cheddar cheese (no such thing as too sharp!)
- Dark chocolate (no such thing as too bitter!)
- Raw vegetables
- Grilled chicken and baby spinach salad
- Salt & vinegar potato chips
Things I Would Do if I Were a Billionaire
- Become a full-time doctoral student
- Pay off my house
- Throw $1 million into a 529 account for each of my kids’ college funds, but only $120K at a time, so as to avoid the gift tax (wait… better make it $5 million apiece).
- Donate much and often
- Travel. Everywhere.
Three of My Bad Habits
Mine are really similar to Doug’s:
- Nail biting
- Unchecked sarcasm
- Habitual swearing (but only on personal time, prospective employers who may have Googled me!)
Five Places I’ve Lived
- Manchester Twp., New Jersey – Born and raised
- 31 General Guisan-Strasse, Basel, Switzerland – Lived here for a year (June 1983 – June 1984) and attended International School of Basel while my dad temporarily worked at the global headquarters of Ciba (then Ciba-Geigy)
- Claude Gibb Hall, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK – Did a semester abroad here from Sept – Dec 1997 – fell in love with the city and started supporting Newcastle United (for my sins)
- Woodbridge Drive, Doylestown, Pennsylvania – Our first foray into homeownership! We lived here from May 2004 – Aug 2006
- Bedminster Twp., Pennsylvania – Where I currently reside with my wife Stephanie and our two kids, Dylan & Kiera
Five Jobs I’ve Had
- Bag boy/cart wrangler/cashier, Shop Rite – my first job, junior year of high school!
- Dorm security, The College of New Jersey – it guaranteed me on-campus housing and put gas in my car
- Television service representative – one summer, I was hired to go room-to-room in a hospital and charge patients $5/day for the privilege of watching 5 channels and the same 4 movies on an endless loop. I still have lingering guilt over the moral implications of that job, and it’s been over 10 years. At least I got a lot of reading done that summer.
- Long-term substitute teacher – I really enjoyed the 3 months or so I spent subbing for a middle school phys. ed. teacher. The physical educators with whom I worked were absolutely fantastic, model professionals, and a lot of fun to work with. I still think about them from time to time.
- High school English teacher – since September 2000!
I’ll beg off from tagging anyone, and do as Doug did – if you want to take part, consider yourself tagged.