The son of an English teacher (my mom) and an English professor (my dad), I plied the family trade at MSU well enough to graduate with honors. I considered going to law school after graduating, but my love for literature and writing won out, and I moved to New York City to pursue my master's at NYU, where I studied English and American Literature, with a concentration in fiction writing. While I was at NYU, I was an editorial intern for the literary supplement of The Village Voice, a weekly newspaper, and taught fiction writing to NYU undergraduates. After receiving my master's from NYU, I transferred to the University of Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in English.
I left UChicago more or less "ABD" (all but dissertation) to accept a position as an assistant editor for a book publisher in Chicago. I spent the next decade working as an editor and/or writer for various companies in Chicago and Tampa. During two of those years, I moonlighted as an adjunct instructor at the College of DuPage outside of Chicago, teaching both creative writing and freshman composition. I began teaching high school English on a full-time basis 15 years ago; in that time, I have taught freshman, sophomore and senior English, AP Lit, AP Seminar, and AP Research, along with, at the behest of one or another principal, such subjects as yearbook and SAT prep.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: New York University - Master of Arts, English
My interest in literature and writing extends to my free time. In addition to being an inveterate reader (my house looks a little like a used bookstore), I write when time – and energy – permits. Three years ago, I took up screenwriting. My first screenplay, which I trotted out under three different titles, was a semi-finalist in the Fall 2020 Los Angeles Screenplay Awards and a quarter finalist in last year’s Austin Film Festival screenplay contest.
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction