Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Buffalo, NY which is about 20 min. from Niagara Falls.
What were you like as a kid? What did you like to do?
I liked playing sports, I went outside and played every day. I also loved playing video games on the weekend.
When did you develop your love for science?
My 12th grade teacher was really inspiring but he was very passionate about physics and it showed in his work. He also looked like Albert Einstein, his hair was really frizzy, and I think he purposely styled it that way.
What college did you go to?
University of Buffalo.
What type of student were you? Would you meet the standards that you hold for your students?
I was a hard working student, I generally got A’s on my report card. The school that I went to was nowhere as rigorous as this school is, but at the same time, teaching was also different. Instructors didn’t put as much effort into their lessons and the standards were lower, so it was easier to get straight A’s. I would not fare as well here if I did the same amount of work that I did there, but had I been asked to, I think that I would have risen to the expectations of my teachers.
What was your first teaching job and where was it?
My first teaching job was at a middle school in Buffalo, and I was teaching 7th grade physical science, just like I am today.
What was your dream job as a kid?
At a very young age, I decided that I wanted to be a garbage man because I liked to play with toy trucks, especially ones with lots of moving parts, buttons to press and levers to pull. As I grew older, I turned into somewhat of a germophobe and now realized that dealing with trash probably wouldn’t be be as fun as I once thought it would.
What is your favorite part of BSGE?
I really enjoy working with students that put forward their best effort and are interested in furthering their education.
Where do you like to go on vacation? Do you like to go to warmer places or colder places for vacation?
I’m not really fond of very warm places and I don’t like the beach because I burn easily. I generally like more temperate locations.
What are your favorite things? (Sports Teams, Bands, etc.)
I am a really big sports fan, my favorite teams are the LA Lakers, the Cincinnati Bengals (apparently because my favorite color was orange at the age of 5), and the Buffalo Bills. My favorite band at the moment is a band called “The National”, and I listen to their albums more than any others.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
If I hit the lottery, I would enroll in some sort of culinary academy and learn how to cook food that is actually appetizing.
Do you play video games? If so, what is your personal favorite?
I have always loved to play video games, my first system was the ATARI when I was very young, and my favorite two games growing up were Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and The Legend of Zelda for the NES, both of which I received for Christmas… the best Christmas ever!
Is there any one thing that students do that annoy you?
The one thing I like the least is when a student or anyone in general lies. I would rather people tell me the truth even if it disappoints me than have them lie to me.
If you were stranded on an island and could bring any one science tool with you, which one would you bring? Which teacher would you bring (not your wife, nice try)?
If I was stranded on an island, I would bring a teleportation device, problem solved. I wouldn’t take a teacher because the teleportation device only takes one person.
Who is your favorite superhero?
If you could have any one superpower, which one would you have?
Teleportation, in case I get stuck on an island.
How does it feel to be the first teacher to be interviewed twice by the Bacc Rag as teacher of the month?
It makes me feel old! Guess I’ve been here for a long time.