Behind every successful person stands a group of teachers who’ve prepared them for the world. They are essential to our lives. Not just now during a pandemic. Always.
Teachers: The Backbone of Modern Life
SCASD serves thousands of families, employs hundreds of teachers & staff
Peter will always advocate for teachers. He knows that behind every successful person stands a group of teachers who’ve prepared them for the world. They are essential to our lives. Not just now during a pandemic. Always.
Peter’s experience is firsthand. His commitment comes from his own experience as an award-winning teacher. Since 2010, he's been a teacher educator at Penn State working on summer workshops and teaching classes for career and technical educators for their certification. Peter has been a visitor in 5th through 12th grade classes in SCASD in the last few years, cooperating with teachers on civics, environmental education, and in Poetry Out Loud. Previously, he taught his own 11th and 12th graders in both English and Environmental Science at the Kiski School while also being a coach and a live-in dorm parent. He’s prepared lesson plans and graded papers until 3:30 in the morning and had to get up to teach classes the next day.
Teachers should know that Peter knows what it's like to worry about students. They could be struggling with depression or loneliness, with abuse at home, with homes that are falling apart, or with the everyday—but still significant—struggles of growing up. About 10 years ago, Peter lost a student to the opioid crisis. He's taught English language learners in science and used art to reach them.
He also knows what success feels like. He’s worked with students so they find the best versions of themselves. His Penn State interns have gone on to work in New York City Public Schools, attend the University of Cincinnati Law School, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environmental Program. In 2014, he led a team of 18-year-old boys on their first trail half-marathon. Those boys went on to attend and graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. In their final day of class with Peter, they recreated the "Oh, Captain, My Captain" scene from Dead Poets Society, leading everyone to stand on their desks. Today, dozens of students from the last 20 years of his teaching are still in touch with him.
Bottom line: Peter has been a teacher and wants to work for them. Teachers are professionals who deserve good pay, benefits, and respect.