Honors, Awards, Distinctions
Psi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society, 1981-1982.
Graduated Cum laude, Maryville College 1982, Magna cum laude, Hood College, 1991.
Awarded a grant from the Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association (MICCA) for a project entitled "Social Issues Essay Exchange," 1994.
Inducted in the STARS Society, an honor recognizing teachers using technology in the classroom, 1996.
Awarded Teacher of the Year for Maryland by Technology and Learning Magazine, 1996 and 1997.
Awarded Excellent Use of Internet in Education Award, from Edview, Inc. August, 1997.
Awarded the Internet Excellence In Education Grant from the Compaq Corporation, December, 1997.
Awarded Maryland Computer Educator of the Year for 1998 by Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators's Association (MICCA).
Teacher of Social Studies, Harmony Intermediate School, Hamilton, VA. Also, Subject Area Lead Teacher (SALT) for Social Studies Dept, 2002-Present.
Teacher of Social Studies, Sterling Middle School, Sterling, VA, 2000-2002.
Teacher of Social Studies and Computer Applications, North Hagerstown High School, 1992-2000.
At North Hagerstown High School:
Task force charged with the development of guidelines for the development of school web sites for the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), January, 1997.
Brought Oak Hill House, a residential treatment center for youth, up to state standards for certification by the Maryland Dept. of Education. Certification awarded, 1989.
Attended numerous conferences regarding troubled youth and crisis intervention while acting as Education Director for the Oak Hill House, 1986-1991.
Conferences and Presentations
Designed and delivered a teacher workshop on using computers and the Internet for:
American Independent Schools of Maryland (AIMS) on using computers and the Internet in implementing a variety of curricular areas, May, 1996.
Developed the web site for:
EDUCATION AND CIVIC SERVICE
B.A., History, Maryville College, TN. 1982.
M.A. Contemporary Government, Hood College, MD 1991.
Certification: Advanced Professional Certificate (APC), Maryland Social Studies, History. Virginia endorsements: Political Science, History.
1986-1995: Youth leader, Frederick Presbyterian Church. As youth leader, I, and later along with my wife, designed a program that instilled in young people the importance of service to God and community. We engaged in building low-cost housing for the homeless, assistance to the elderly, and rebuilding of church and community property.
1994-1998: In 1994, I set up one of the first high school web sites in Maryland. Maintaining and developing the web site for students and teachers to use as a resource has consumed almost all of my free time. But I do so because I enjoy communicating, and I hope to be instrumental in making telecommunications a regular part of high school teaching methods. I receive no pay or compensation for my work on the NHHS web site, but it is my contribution to making North Hagerstown High school a global leader in teaching, learning, and technology.
1996-1998: Instructor of Internet Training and Web Design at Hagerstown Junior College.
Doctoral candidate, George Mason University, Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Educational Technology, Ph., D. Expected 2007.
As the son of a Presbyterian minister, I grew up hearing how my parents survived the Nazi occupation of their native Holland. My parents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who decided to maintain their Judaism while embracing the basic beliefs of Christianity. This made them "Hebrew Christians," so I and my twin brother often had to answer the puzzled questions of our peers who asked "how can you be both Christian and Jewish?"
The lessons that my parents taught in their ministry involved mutual understanding, respect, and acceptance of humans towards each other. These lessons were very important to me, and as I went through college, it was their influence that instilled in me a love for history. During that time, my mother became a teacher of French and English on the secondary level for the Carroll County Schools. Her example led me to choose teaching as a career.
After a number of years in the public schools, I felt a need to provide troubled youth with assistance and direction. I took a position with the Oak Hill House, a residential treatment facility that housed and counseled teens who had been abused, neglected, or brought into the juvenile justice system. As the Education Director, I felt the importance of making a difference in the life of the individuals who would make up our future society.
As the Education Director of the Oak Hill House, I came in contact with the wonderful people of the Washington County Public Schools. Through my work with troubled youth, I came to know the teachers and administrators of North Hagerstown High School.
In 1991, the Oak Hill House experienced financial trouble. I decided to apply for a teaching position within Washington County. In 1992, I was hired to replace the late Charles Zonis, a beloved Social Studies teacher and baseball coach at North Hagerstown High School. The transition was difficult for both myself and the North High staff, but since my arrival, I have felt accepted and well-integrated into the faculty.
In 1994, I was invited to attend a conference of educators on the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A few months earlier, I had discovered the joys of telecommunications and computing. At the conference, I witnessed a demonstration of what was then the new-born World Wide Web as well as how it could be used in the classroom. From then on, I was inspired to bring the Internet into my classroom. Through slow but consistent steps, I obtained computers and Internet access for little or no cost and integrated these new technologies into my teaching.
The Internet and teaching are providing more opportunities
for me every day. I am thankful to my family, co-workers, and the on-line
community for making those opportunities possible. In 2002, I transplanted my
skills to a brand new intermediate school in northern Virginia. I hope
that there will be new opportunities there to apply those skills that make the
Internet an important teaching tool.