Who Is This Guy?

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I am a veteran high school administrator who has served as an educator since 1997. Before serving as the principal of PCTI, I was the Principal of Dumont High School from 2008-2012 and the Assistant Principal from 2005-2008.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from William Paterson University, a Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

Before perusing my portfolio, it is important that you know just a few of my central beliefs that guide my professional activities:

  • Creating and sustaining a safe, orderly, positive, innovative and supportive culture is the secret of successful education systems. Without a safe, orderly, positive, innovative and supportive culture, nothing will improve regardless of how much money you have or how many guru-designed programs you purchase.
  • Education cures poverty.
  • Learning is necessarily messy.
  • Most of the needed changes in education systems do not require training, pilots, or extensive committee review prior to adoption or implementation. Let’s stop pretending everyone has to “buy in” for the needed change to be good and improve learning for students – the discomfort adults have with change should never impede improvement or innovation.
  • Standards-based assessment and grading is the way student learning should be evaluated.
  • I am more concerned that students learn and demonstrate responsibility, accountability, self-discipline, and self-respect than I am that they master Algebra, Chemistry, or an MLA formatted research paper.
  • Education research is useful, not infallible.
  • No teacher became one because they had an insatiable thirst to give grades. 
  • The PARCC/NJSLA/ACT/ASVAB are good assessments.  What is done with the results is often bad.

I am active on Twitter – supporting and celebrating students, effective education technologies, relevant policies, and research.