I was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952, but my family moved further east on Long Island to Nassau County where I grew up. I earned my B.A. degree in English with minors in history and secondary education from Hofstra University in 1974 when I also received my provisional teaching license. I earned my M.A. degree in English from Queens College in 1976 at which time I received my permanent teaching license. I also attended Nassau Community College where I earned a data processing certificate. In 1976 I worked at LINK, Inc. in their public relations department. Soon after our wedding in 1977, my wife and I moved to Maryland when I received my first full-time teaching position where I taught high school English and journalism, and where I supervised the production of the school’s newspaper and the district’s student literary magazine. We returned to Long Island the next year when I received a job offer from the high school where I worked for the next 34 years until my retirement, teaching English and history, working as a division coordinator, plus coaching track, and supervising several clubs. While living on Long Island, I was elected to the Jericho Public Library Board of Directors and during my 3 terms in office over a period of 10 years, I served at various times as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. I also trained and served as a member of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) for 6 years, assisted with the American Cancer Society’s ‘Designer’s Showcase’ fundraising project, and helped deliver school supplies provided by my school to students in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina struck and wrecked their school. I served in the New York Guard for 10+ years and the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary for 4 years. In 2011 we became New Castle County homeowners. My wife of 40+ years is a retired computer programmer, and we have an adult daughter who works as a professional artist and teacher.