As a special education teacher with over 18 years experience I began making distinctions on what works in getting students to reach their full potentials. I have been lucky to have made many of those distinctions while facilitating an after school poetry club called “Poetry Rocks” in Phoenix, Arizona.
One thing I can tell you for sure in my work with hundreds of students from across the spectrum is that regardless of what a student knows or doesn’t know, regardless of IQ or reading level and even regardless of test scores is that tools and techniques can be taught to maximize whatever talents and abilities a child has in poetry and in life. Think about it, even the most dyslexic child does not reverse all words and letters and does better at certain times.
It is my mission to transform students by getting them to believe in themselves through the medium of poetry and I stand ready to serve.
My poetry collection CREATURES, CRITTERS, BEASTS and VARMINTS (The Essential Guide to Ozark Wildlife) combines fun and facts as I examine both familiar and unique animals.
In addition I am very proud to be part of the Poetry Friday Anthology series along with many of todays most talented and prolific authors. The series is compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and is available at Amazon or PomeloBooks.com.
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY K-5 EDITION
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY for MIDDLE SCHOOL
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY for SCIENCE
THE POETRY FRIDAT ANTHOLOGY for SCIENCE (Kinder and 2nd Grade Student Editions)
POETRY ROCKS 2012 is an e-book that I compiled with poems from the students and staff at Esperanza Elementary School. I’m proud to say the book contains a high percentage of poems written by the special needs children that I have been blessed to work with.
My poems have also been used in fundraisers, cookbooks and school functions. When not writing or teaching poetry I perform at coffee shops or bookstores while creating my niche in children’s poetry. Currently I am writing several humorous collections.
Helping students read and compose poetry is my passion. As an elementary school teacher, I incorporate higher-order thinking skills, including word play and other idioms, to give my collections depth. My audience is 5 to 14 year-olds and children of all ages. A hundred years from now, I hope children will pick up my books and smile.
Last but not least I am a proud father to Kenny, Cathy and Bonnie. They are the loves of my life and why I do what I do.
To contact me with questions or to check my availability for school visits or conferences please click the “contact me” tab above.
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