Most of my learning comes from my family and my work. Although I was a military brat for a big chunk of my childhood, I finished growing up in Iowa (or maybe not at all).
I became a high school English teacher in 1980. My first job was at a small school (about 140 students in grades 9-12) in central Iowa. Then we moved to suburban Dallas, Texas for a couple of years. We returned to the midwest in 1987, and I was a teacher at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois until my retirement in 2014, serving as the school’s fourth English department chair from 2001-2007. I am currently an adjunct writing instructor and writing center tutor at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
Along with Tony Romano, I’m the co-author of Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice (EMC/Publishing). Writing, speaking, and consulting on issues related to teaching, professional development, and literacy instruction are also important aspects of my work.
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