MCLA Education Department
375 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247
B.S.E., North Adams State College (1969)
M.Ed., North Adams State College (1973)
I have been working in the field of education since 1969 when I was appointed to a fifth grade teaching position in the North Adams Public Schools. After teaching for nine years at various grade levels, I became an administrator working as principal for the next twenty-six years. The vast array of experiences I encountered during those years has given me the opportunity to offer a unique perspective to my students by connecting academic content with real world situations.
Since most of the courses I teach have an element that requires students to participate in a practicum experience in a school setting, I try to actively integrate those experiences in coursework discussions and assignments. While academic content and research-based instruction are essential parts of the college experience, the practical application of that content is vitally important for future teachers to succeed in their profession.
In my roles as school administrator and college instructor, I have come to recognize the essential elements that help to make an outstanding teacher. Those qualities exist in students who successfully complete our licensure program. This rigorous training experience produces teachers ready compete in the job market and perform in classrooms with a positive impact on students.