Welcome to what I hope will become a very informative, helpful, and entertaining website. I have been actively researching many areas of childhood development, behavioral science, personal growth, pedagogy, coaching, and several interdisciplinary fields of study. This website should serve as a gateway to the world of the ISS room and its usage, goals, and purposes as envisioned by the department. Included are links to videos and websites, book titles, and other resources I hope everyone finds interesting and useful in our common goal of creating a great learning environment for the students.
I have been employed at GVCS since 2004, beginning as a substitute teacher. I also substituted at Scio. I graduated from Livonia High School and attended the University at Albany and Hofstra University. I served as a T/A for Dr. Douglas Brinkley while at Hofstra University, and studied abroad in The Netherlands. I was hired full-time here as the ISS instructor, a position that encompasses many responsibilities and continues to evolve. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Online Courses, Credit Recovery, In School Suspension, After School Detention, Lunch Detention, Incident Reporting, Compiling and Tracking Data on Disciplinary Actions, and Modified Testing.
I have coached Modified Baseball, Modified Basketball, and JV Baseball GVCS. I coached Varsity and Midget Football in Wellsville, and Modified Baseball at ICS. Currently, 3 former Genesee Valley athletes are playing sports at the college level: Zach Lyman (Fredonia Baseball), Caleb McGuire (St. Bonaventure Basketball), and Tyler Landries (Alfred State Soccer).
As a writer, I have completed 1 novel, 3 books of verse, 1 screenplay, 1 coaching booklet, a children's book, and countless essays and articles.
My father taught Math for 33 years at Geneseo High School, and also was the head football coach for 11 years. My mother taught elementary school for 20 years at York Central School, and remains a substitute teacher there. I have two sons, Luke (17), who is a freshman at Fordham University, and Jake (16), a Junior at Wellsville High School.