Phone: (847) 451-3779
Degrees and Certifications:
Drake University: B.A. Loyola University, Chicago: M. Ed.
I have been teaching English at Leyden High Schools since 1994.
I served as Head Speech Coach for eight years, having coached two IHSA State Champions. I have also directed seven Group Interpretation/Contest Plays.
I am the author of two books, The Worst Baby Name Book and Don't Name Your Baby, which has sold over 10,000 copies, and I have appeared on CNN and ABC Chicago talking about my books. My essays have appeared in English Journal and The Book Group Book, and I am a frequent contributor to The Heckler. My short plays have been performed in various locations in Chicago and Los Angeles. Finally, I have been a presenter at annual conventions for the Illinois Teachers of English and twice for the National Council of Teachers of English.