I have been a proud member of the Chaminade Julienne community since 1980. During those 30 years, I have worn many hats within the school, but the one constant role I have played is as a teacher of English. My years as an undergraduate at Ohio University, along with 4-1/2 years of teaching English as a second language for the Peace Corps in Korea and for a private institute in Cleveland, prepared me for my tenure at CJ. The Marianists are close to my heart and have mentored me in my spiritual life and my educational journey. The Sisters of Notre Dame have enriched, enhanced, and complemented the experience of that journey. Teaching at my favorite school is a family affair. My wife Peg Regan teaches Spanish and chairs the foreign language department, and our two daughters--Colleen and Carmen--are members of the classes 2010 and 2011 respectively.
My task, as reflected in our school philosophy, is to educate the whole person, to help our students become life-long learners through the skills of reading, writing, viewing and public speaking. I want for our students to love good literature and discuss it intelligently in such a way that it might affect their lives. I want them to write clearly, even powerfully, so as to make an impact on those around them and perhaps the larger world. The courses I teach--Honors English 9, European Authors, Creative Writing, and World Literature--help students to expand their horizons as readers and writers, as citizens of the United States and the world. I design a variety of learning activities to engage students with texts--ones they read and ones they create. I demand of them what I think they can handle on a daily basis in order to move them from Point A to Point B in terms of skills and knowledge, with the hope that they will develop a fulfilling vision for themselves, preferably as Christian men and women, in their future lives.
The other major roles I have played at CJ include student council moderator (10 years), English department chair (10 years), and head tennis coach for the men's women's tennis teams (13 years).
2011-12 Class Syllabi
1972 and 1973 - Student tutor and counselor for the Upward Bound Program at Ohio University (six weeks each summer)
1974-75 - Teacher of English at Gumsan Boys Middle School; in-service trainer of Korean English teachers in the county
1976 - Professor of English and teaching methodology at Soodo Women's University (now Sejong University) in Seoul
1977 - Trainer of new Peace Corps volunteers
1977-78 Teacher of English as a second language at Griswold Institute in Cleveland
1980 - Present - Teacher of English at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
2000-2010 - Ohio Writing Project Instructor (teaching teachers) for Master of Arts in Teaching program at Miami University