I retired from academia in 1983 and from business in 1996. For the last twenty-one years my wife and I have undertaken adventures which last from a few months to a number of years. Our adventures include building a two-store
y cob tower in Taos, NM, apprenticing as a day-trader in Las Vegas, biking in Spain and Portugal, and starting a small, organic farm in Henderson.
Throughout my life, education has been an integral component.
First, I have broad experience with school curricula, governance structures, pedagogy, and classroom instruction including:
-executive director of the National Academy of Education
-international teacher: taught math, science, English, and social studies in public and private high, middle, and elementary schools including three years in Venezuela and Colombia
-instructor of economics at a local community college
-mentor for new teachers at Community Preparatory School in Providence, RI.
-tutor for at-risk middle school students with multiple core course failures at Laredo Middle School in Cherry Creek School District
-owner and operator of a Montessori preschool for gifted children in Denver which was awarded the highest score in the Qualistar Program.
My publications in the area of education include two books and dozens of articles.
Second, I have an uncommon perspective on how learning occurs and have personally overcome extreme learning disabilities. I am severely dyslexic and was in the fifth grade before I began to write or read and barely speak. With help along the way, and lots of hard work, I finished college and received a doctorate from one of the nation’s best universities.
I am sensitive to the fact that learning is a personal experience and that learning styles vary greatly. Compensating for my dyslexia continues to give me valuable insights into the learning process and the struggles that many students have.
Third, I am drawn to the task of helping students succeed in school because I believe an educated populace is necessary for the survival of a democracy and that an individual’s best chance for a productive and rewarding life, especially for those with disadvantaged circumstances, is a sound education.
I am past the normal age of retirement but still want to contribute to my community. I currently teach at the Lifelong Learning Institute through Denver University, have a hobby farm in Henderson, and write about farming and social issues. My recent publications include FOOD: The Light Meat, Dark Meat, and the Wishbone published in 2015, a collection of previously published essays about the politics and science of food. A personal essay, “Re-inventing Community” appears in Farming Magazine Summer 2017.
Key non-educational endeavors that may be of interest.
-Officer in the U.S. Army with service in Vietnam; I was responsible for the 400 nationals who worked for my battalion; awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
-Owned and operated a private business with twelve employees.
-Director of Habitat for Humanity, Taos, New Mexico.
-status: married to Pamela Hyde for 24 years; four children; six grandchildren
-interests: reading, pickleball, farming
-a curiosity: I skied an active volcano (Nevado del Ruiz).