Years at Gladwyne Montessori: 1978-1980
Ed.D. Innovation & Leadership in Higher Education, Wilmington University, 2014
Dissertation: Music Educators: Investigating the Relationship Between Undergraduate Music Education, State Certification, and Professional Responsibilities, Linda H. Frazer, Ph.D., Chair
M.Ed. School Leadership, Wilmington University, 2008
24 PA ACT 48/CPE Credits, University of the Arts, Philadelphia/Villanova, 2004
B.S. Education, Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1998
Describe your professional work experience.
I began as a music teacher at the High School of Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia and then went on to work in the Upper Perkiomen school district. Afterwards and for the past 15 years, I have worked as the Director of Bands and served as Department Chair of Music at Concord High School in Wilmington. Here, my wife and I started the first full orchestra in a traditional public school in the state of Delaware. I also initiated a Media Arts class, a music and film production class in which students have the opportunity to write, edit, and score their own films. My instrumental classes grew from 35 students to over 150, and we now have 7 different instrumental performing ensembles. Out of 1100 students at Concord, about half of our school’s student population participates in music programs. I currently conduct professional development programs and write articles about music education. In 2002 I was awarded as a “Distinguished Alumni Ambassador” for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and in 2008 I was selected as one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors that Make a Difference” in music education.
How did Gladwyne Montessori prepare you?
My reading and writing abilities were developed here; in taking entrance tests to other private schools, I remember how admissions were always surprised I could read and write so well.
Why did your family decide to enroll you here?
My father is just one generation removed from immigration, so education was always highly valued. My mother was a science teacher and eventually a science administrator. Going to college got them both out of the city; education was always of utmost importance, both personally and professionally.
Describe Gladwyne Montessori in 3 words.
A great start!