New York State Permanent Certification
Secondary Earth Science, Physics and General Science


State University at Stony Brook
M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Science
B.A. in Earth and Space Sciences


September 2011 - Present
Ward Melville High School, South Setauket, NY
Three Village School District
Physics & Astronomy

September 1999 - June 2011
R.C. Murphy Junior High School, Stony Brook, NY
Three Village School District
Earth Science & Physical Science

  • Continues to spearhead the integration of new and developing technology into the classroom.
  • Designed hands-on activities for 8th graders utilizing computer and computer probe technology.
  • Activities were designed to relate difficult and abstract concepts to young students.
  • Photographer for school events and activities- major contributor to the yearbook and school newspaper.
September 1994 - June 1998
Islip Terrace Junior High, East Islip, New York
Eighth Grade Regents Earth Science and Physical Science

  • Organized Earth Science camping trip to culminate classroom learning with practical application
  • Created and advised school's World Wide Web club
  • Chairman of School Improvement Team 1995-1996
  • School Technology Coordinator

January 1994- June 1994
East Islip High School
Student Teaching

  • Learned the practical side of teaching in 10th grade Earth Science and 11th grade Biology
  • Administered & graded the Earth Science Lab Practical and Regents Exam
Special Recognition and Accomplishments

2011 Noyce Outstanding Educator Award presented by Dowling College and National Science Foundation. Given for innovative classroom teaching, extension of teaching beyond the school walls, and significant contributions to the profession.

Expert Science Witness in the field of Body Ratio Analysis: People of NY State vs. Phil Messina, December 2009. Measured body proportions from a security video to prove conclusively that the image was not that of the defendant.

Runner-up: Expedition to Antartica "2041: My Quest to Save the Earth's Last Wilderness" essay contest (read essay)

Featured on Intel's Innovation in Education Website

Featured in Three Village Times "Creative Teachers" March 20, 2003

Inservice Teacher Instructor (2007-2010):
Designed and Conducted inservice workshops for technology integration through the NY Center for Teacher Development

Field tester in application of technology into the classroom. Testing emerging technologies in a classroom setting to find the effectiveness of new devices as well as finding new uses beyong original specifications of those technologies. Emerging technologies and advanced techniques for PowerPoint, Internet use, document cameras, writing tablets, digital video and photographic demonstrations.

Designed and created many unique and effective demonstration techniques


Special skills and Interests

Fostered dogs for Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue- dogs are trained, socialized, groomed and given medical care.

Volunteered to take pictures and publish homeless dogs at the Brookhaven Town Shelter (2002-2005)

Maintain an extensive Earth Science & Physics Web Page.

Fluent (but rusty) in American Sign Language (ASL)

Kung-Fu Master and martial arts instructor(2005-2017)

PADI Certified SCUBA Diver

Fossil & Rock Collecting

Amateur Astronomer and Photographer

Hiking, camping, mountain biking, woodworking, gardening, computer games, photography, amateur video production, Photoshop Expert

Field Expedience


Homework Helpers: Earth Science, Career Press 2005- completely authored and illustrated a comprehensive 351-page Earth Science review book.

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