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     A native of North Massapequa, Long Island, I am the oldest of six children.  After graduating from Saint John's University, I pursued graduate studies in English, theology, and school administration at the following institutions:  Hofstra University, Fordham University, College of Staten Island, Immaculate Conception Seminary, and Saint John's University.  I decided to become a teacher when I was in the fifth grade; most of my forty-two years in education have been spent in teaching either language arts or high school English.  Besides Long Island, I have taught in schools in the following locales:  Westchester County, Upstate New York, Harlem, and Staten Island.  I am currently teaching freshman year theology.
     I came to Saint Dominic High School in September of 1988 after leaving the Congregation of Christian Brothers (Irish Christian Brothers).  The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary warmly welcomed me to their "high school on the hill."  During my years at Saint Dominic High School, I have tried to live the motto of the Irish Christian Brothers, Facere et Docere, "To Do and To Teach."
     I enjoy meeting new people, reading, traveling, going to the theater, and collecting works of art.  My summers are spent in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
 
I am available for extra-help on Monday afternoons and by appointment.
 
During the 2017-18 school year, I will be engaged in teaching the curriculum listed below:
 
Theology 9:  The BibleThe Living Word of God (Fall Semester)
 
OVERVIEW
1.) Provides an introduction to the Sacred Scriptures and to the unfolding of Salvation history, with a particular focus on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Salvation history
2.) Revelation, both Divine and natural, is explored, as are inspiration, interpretation, and exegesis
3.) Guides the students in coming to know the people of Salvation history, including the early leaders of Israel (the judges, kings, and prophets) and the history of salvation as revealed in the New Testament
4.) Students learn about the role of Scripture in the life of the individual as well as in the sacramental life of the Church
 
CONNECTIONS
Throughout the course, efforts will be made to integrate and correlate realities such as daily life concerns, adolescent development, growth in spirituality, and the practice of a Catholic faith life with that of Biblical tradition.
 
MATERIALS NEEDED
1.) Text:  The BibleThe Living Word of God (provided in class)
2.) Bible:  The Catholic Youth Bible (provided in class)
3.) 1 composition notebook
4.) 1 folder for handouts, quizzes, and tests
 
GRADING
Tests/Quizzes:  80%
Homework: 10%
Class Participation: 10%
 
 
Theology 9
 
Course Goal:  The eight units of The BibleThe Living Word of God lead the students toward a deeper understanding of the Bible and the history of salvation presented within its pages.
 
Description:  The course introduces students to the self-revelation of God through the Bible and the People of God.  Units of study include:  The Bible, Knowing God, Salvation History, God Calls the Early Leaders of Israel, Israel's Response to the Covenant under the Judges and Kings, The Prophets, Jesus Fulfills the Covenant, and The First Christians:  Witnesses to the New Covenant.
 
Aim:  God's saving actions take place in and through human history to challenge humanity to respond to God.  This Biblical course traces the history of that relationship and points the way to the most intimate of all relationships, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
 
Theology 9: Jesus Christ, God's Love Made Visible (Spring Semester)
 
OVERVIEW
1.) This course leads the students toward a deeper understanding of Divine Revelation, the Trinity, the Incarnation, Jesus' significant relationships, Jesus' teachings, Jesus' faith example, salvation, and discipleship as a response to God's love.
2.) The course has eight units centered on eight important questions or concepts about Jesus Christ.
3.) The eight units of study include the following:  What is Revelation? Who is God? Who is Jesus?  Jesus' Relationships with Mary and the Disciples, Jesus Teaches What It Means to Love God and Others, Jesus Models What It means to Love God and Others, Jesus the Savior, and Faith and Discipleship:  A Personal Response to God.
 
CONNECTIONS
Throughout the course, efforts will be made to integrate and correlate realities such as daily life concerns, adolescent development, growth in spirituality, and the practice of a Catholic faith life with that of Biblical tradition.
 
MATERIALS NEEDED
1.) Text:  Jesus Christ, God's Love Made Visible (provided in class)
2.) Bible:  The Good News Bible (provided in class)
3.) 1 composition notebook
4.) 1 folder for handouts, quizzes, and tests
 
GRADING
Tests/Quizzes:  80%
Homework: 10%
Class Participation: 10%
 
Theology 9
 
COURSE GOAL:  The eight units of Jesus Christ, God's Love Made Visible lead the students toward a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ.  The course examines how God has revealed Himself throughout history and most fully in His Son, Jesus Christ.  Students will see how Jesus reveals to us what it means to be a child of God as well as how we are to live and act upon our faith.
 
DESCRIPTION:  This course has eight units centered on eight important questions or concepts about Jesus Christ.  The eight units are entitled as follows:  1.) What is Revelation?  2.) Who is God?  3.) Who is Jesus?  4.) Jesus' Relationships with Mary and the Disciples  5.) Jesus Teaches What It Means to Love God and Others  6.) Jesus Models What It Means to Love God and Others  7.) Jesus the Savior  8.) Faith and Discipleship:  A Personal Response to God.
 
AIM:  Students will learn about Jesus in a manner that invites them to open their minds and hearts so that they may grow and flourish as the persons of faith they were created to be.