Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I moved to North Carolina in 1998 and I taught in a low-wealth county for fifteen years. During that time I taught middle school Language Arts to seventh graders and elementary school subjects to fourth and fifth grade students. I continue to live in the county in which I was an educator.
Before coming to North Carolina, I taught at the Caribbean School in Ponce, Puerto Rico and Drake Business School in Astoria, Queens, New York. I have also worked at the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs in New York City.
I am (unfortunately) best known for my tenure both as a reporter and the editor-in-chief of a local interest hard news blog called Home in Henderson. The blog was a success with an average of over 5,000 visits per day. It quickly became a serious point of contention within the community it served because I allowed anonymous comment posting.
In 2010 I was subpoenaed to provide the names of anonymous comment posters on Home in Henderson as part of a defamation suit brought by a local politician then running to return to public office. I fought the subpoena, but I was eventually ordered to surrender contact information on six of the twenty defendants named in the suit. The defamation suit was later dropped.
I sold Home in Henderson in 2011, and I am no longer teaching due to a disability. I am now a full-time freelance writer and stay-at-home husband and father.