Teaching has been a rewarding and satisfying experience for me. And that’s a good thing, because I have been doing it for over thirty years. I started after college teaching instrumental music.
Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that the approach to learning, the spirit and excitement of teaching and even the rewards of education are best exemplified in the elective classes such as band. By that, I mean that the values learned by always attempting to do one’s best, along with the approach to learning in the multi-age, multi-level music classrooms, embody the principles of sound educational practices.
All through my career, I have been attending workshops and classes for improving classroom instruction. Those classes were always advocating the approaches and philosophies that reflected what has always gone on in so many great music programs. My 26 years teaching music developed my educational philosophy and I will always be grateful for that.
But I was constantly being pulled away from my music classes to help in the growth of technology in the schools in which I taught. Finally, I made the complete change from music to technology. From one discipline that is ancient and unchanging to another discipline that is new and ethereal. But I continued to stay involved in extracurricular activities: I have taught private music lessons, TV Broadcasting, the Computer Club, the photography club and for seven years the school yearbook.
But in 2001, after becoming single for the first time in 31 years and being still in my early 50’s, I made the adventurous leap across the seas to broaden my perspectives both professionally and personally. Upon arrival in Milan, I was told that the three most upsetting events in a person’s life are divorce, moving and the death of a loved one. I was two for three. But I never went through any real culture shock and even though my first year overseas was a lot of hard work, I actually thrived in the new environment of Italy and the American School of Milan.
Since then, I have taught in Aleppo, Syria; Kingston, Jamaica and Cairo, Egypt. I am now retired after 41 years of teaching in Jacksonville, Florida and loving every minute of it.