I am a GED Instructor with the Pittsburgh Job Corps. Job Corps is a training program associated with the Department of Labor for youths 16-24. On Friday (June 13, 2014), I will celebrate 9 years there. Five years ago, we received Promethean boards and this led to my decision to pursue this program. I also provide training to my peers on educational technology tools.
This is my ninth class in the MET program. In the fall, I will take EDTECH 505 and do my portfolio next spring (which I, unfortunately and against suggestions, have not done much preparation for, yet). I plan to attend graduation in May of 2015.
Nines are wild, as that will be the age of my oldest dog, Lacie J., at the end of July. She is a black and white Shih Tzu. We added a second dog to our family this winter. Lucky is a 6 months old brown and white Pomeranian mix and he is a rescue. He shares my wife’s birthday. We will celebrate 17 years of marriage three days before Lacie’s birthday.
Since 2001, I have worked part-time as a game day merchandise vendor for the SIX-Time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The extra money comes in handy for vacations to Las Vegas, a destination my wife and I thoroughly enjoy. Beyond the gambling, we love taking tours – Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, horseback riding in Red Rock Canyon – and seeing shows like Wayne Newton, Terry Fator and Recycle Percussion. However, our favorite vacation was to the Black Hills. We did a helicopter flight over Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial and drove out to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. The picture in my advertisement was taken at President’s Park in 2006. I guess I’ll have to go back out and get one next to the “THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR THE 45TH PRESIDENT” sign.
I better wrap this up. We are trying to train Lucky, so I need to spend sometime teaching him to “sit”. Besides, it will give Lacie a break from being tormented by him. I wish everyone well in this class and in the rest of the program. I look forward to learning about PBL with you.