Why did you want to become a teacher?
Teaching found me. I was looking to make a change in my career, and New York City was in need of teachers. Several events came together, and I became a teacher.
How do you feel about working here for so long?
I did not realize that I had been here so long. Time really does fly when you enjoy what you do.
Why did you choose to work at BSGE?
I did not choose BSGE, BSGE chose me. I am very fortunate that they did.
What goals do you have for your students in your math class?
I don’t have many, all I desire is for all of you to learn and grow.
How does it feel to be next door to Ms. Nikkolos after all these years?
What is your favorite cuisine?
I don’t have any one favorite cuisine. My wife is a fantastic cook, so I guess her cuisine, which is varied.
If you were stuck on an island, what teacher would you take with you?
Does it have to be one teacher? Each of us has many and different talents that would be useful on an island. So to choose one is tough, besides, if I left my wife off that list, she would probably tell me not to come back.
How tall are you?
I am 6’ 6” tall.
Why do you choose the music that you play [during class]?
When I was growing up, music was played in our house. I learned to appreciate a variety of music from Glen Miller to Frank Sinatra to Big Band Music. Growing up in the 60’s and into the 70’s helped to expand the different types of music I enjoyed listening to and still do. It also helps me to relax, and collect my thoughts.
What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport is college basketball. I played all through grammar school, high school and college. Although our younges t son played college baseball, and that was fun to watch, especially when he was pitching.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening is my favorite hobby. Our children are all out on their own and this gives me time to work on the back yard. I find it very relaxing and I get to see the results of my labor. I also enjoy working on my car.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Field of Dreams, for 2 scenes in particular. James Earl Jones speaks about how baseball has mirrored our society, and I feel that is very true. The other sceneis when Kevin Costner is having a game of catch with his father. I have very fond memories of doing that with my father when I was young, and in turn doing that with my sons when they were young.
What did you want to be while growing up?
I don’t really remember. I do remember wanting to be an astronaut at one time. I thought it would be really cool going into outer space, and then when man landed on the moon in 1969 and I was 17 years old, I thought, why not.
What is your favorite book?
I don’t have any one favorite book. I enjoy reading all sorts of genres. If I find a book I like, I don’t put it down. I try to read it till the end, over a day or two. the last book I read was title “A Dog’s Purpose”. It was a novel, and having had dogs, I could not put it down.
If you could live in any other place in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could be live in any other place in the world, I am not sure. I have spent my whole life in New York. It is my home. It would be tough to leave. If I had to pick one place, it would have to have a beach, with a noticeable change in the seasons. The beach is the key.
If someone were to write a book about you, what do you think the title will be?
I do not know why anybody would want to write a book about me. My life has been what family and I have made it. Nothing really special, except a family that I am very proud of. So maybe the title would be “Who Is That Guy, and Why Did I Bother Writing This Book”.
If you won $600 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
If I won 600 million in the lottery, maybe I would buy that island you asked about before and move there. The rest I would find worth while organizations and give the money to them. I would like to see something done to prevent children from going to bed hungry.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Why?
If I could be an animal, I would want to be a dolphin. I have alwaysnbeen fascinated by them and the freedom they have to roam the oceans.
What type of people do you hate?
I dislike people that look to take advantage of other people.
What makes you angry?
Lies. Lies break a bond of trust that is very hard to build back up.