More Than You Ever Cared to Know

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:

  1. Scored some reading quizzes on Twelfth Night
  2. Attended my final Statistics class – significant because it’s my last class of my last course of my graduate degree!
  3. Put together more application packets for school psychologist positions for next school year
  4. 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!)
  5. 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:

  1. Nail biting
  2. Unchecked sarcasm
  3. Habitual swearing (but only on personal time, prospective employers who may have Googled me!)

Five Places I’ve Lived

  1. Manchester Twp., New Jersey – Born and raised
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Woodbridge Drive, Doylestown, Pennsylvania – Our first foray into homeownership! We lived here from May 2004 – Aug 2006
  5. Bedminster Twp., Pennsylvania – Where I currently reside with my wife Stephanie and our two kids, Dylan & Kiera

Five Jobs I’ve Had

  1. Bag boy/cart wrangler/cashier, Shop Rite – my first job, junior year of high school!
  2. Dorm security, The College of New Jersey – it guaranteed me on-campus housing and put gas in my car
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

One Comment

  • Thanks for taking this on, Damian. Don’t associate me with ‘habitual swearing’ please! 😀

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