I am a proud 1977 Neshaminy graduate and earned my teacher certification in Biology from East Stroudsburg State College. After teaching Chemistry for half a school year in the Harrisburg area, I enrolled in Drexel University and earned my Masters Degree in Biochemistry. I moved to the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean in 1984, where I enjoyed the sun and the beach and worked as a property manager. Ten years and three sons later, I returned home to Langhorne and my family.My three sons are all grown up and I am very proud of the men they have become. My oldest, CJ, is a Science teacher in Charleston, South Carolina. He has a wonderful wife, Tori, and they have their first home together. My middle son, Charley, is a golf professional who lives in California and works at a very exclusive club. My youngest, Casey, is also married and has a beautiful baby girl, Adriana. My sister is a retired music teacher from Maple Point and is my inspiration and role model. Her little boy is a bundle of musical talent and made his debut on Broadway at just ten years old. Sadly, my mother lost her long, hardly fought battle with lung cancer a few years ago. It was hard on the whole family, but we have grown even closer. My father lives in Levittown and has always been the "rock" of our family. He is the one all of us depend on and know we can turn to with any issue. We have regular Sunday dinners as a family that I cherish.In 2000 I decided to return to teaching and was fortunate to be asked to substitute in Family & Consumer Science. In less than a few weeks, I knew that F.C.S. was where I belonged and enrolled myself into Marywood University’s on-line F.C.S. teacher certification program. Three years later, I was certified and had a full time position at Maple Point. The following year, I was named Department Chair and Lead Teacher.I have found so much good fortune as an FCS teacher and love coming to work everyday. In 2006, I was lucky enough to be awarded more than $200,000.00 from the USDA to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the students to enjoy at Maple Point. This lead to being named the Philadelphia 76’rs Hometown Hero and I had the honor of walking out to center court to accept the award. If that wasn’t enough for one year, in April I was named the 2007 Pennsylvania Family & Consumer Science Teacher of the Year. One year later, I was named a National Top Teacher by the American Association of Family & Consumer Science.
After ten years at Maple Point, I was unexpectedly moved to the high school in 2009. I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting change. I am really appreciating the older, more mature students and particularly my two babies: The F.C.S. Major and Honors Nutrition and Dietetics. Last year I taught Today's Foods for the first time. After much nervousness because of my lack of skill, I made it through the year and the experience taught me a lot and now I feel a whole lot more comfortable. I will be a much better teacher and contributor this year for my students in this course and am excited.Sometimes, I can't believe I actually get paid to do this job. There is nothing as fulfilling as teaching.I can’t wait to see what this new school year brings!!