To the Suburbs


I felt like I was abandoning the black inner city kids in Chester, PA.  I had spent the first 5 years of my teaching career in schools that were predominately African American and I believed my biggest impact would be working with students who looked like me, talked like me, and acted like me.  However, in the summer of 2011, I faced the possibility of being furloughed in Chester and was offered a job in the suburbs.  I struggled with what to do and turned to my Father for advice.  His words not only helped my decision but still guide me today.   

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Cancer Doesn’t Care


I’ve now sat with my Mother through several of her chemo therapies and have walked away with one major takeaway.  

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A Letter from Corey


We truly can only speak to our life experiences and even though I have dealt with the loss of loved ones, I have not dealt with the loss of my mother.  During my time in education, I have had to offer condolences to several  students and players who have been forced to handle the tragic loss of their mothers.  The problem is I usually find myself at a loss for words with how they should continue forward. So when one of my best friends, Corey Davis,  informed me he wanted to write about his mother, who died when we were Jr’s in high school but didn’t know where to start, I told him to write a letter to a young student who has just lost their mother.  He shared his letter with me and with his permission I am sharing it with you.

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I Ain’t Changed



Big Corey: Yo, I ain’t changed.  John, “Mr. Coast Guard Academy” has changed! Continue reading

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Wins and Losses


“What was the score of the Delaware game?” Continue reading

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Listen to Them Sing!


“It’s easy to be discouraged looking at the world.  It’s easy to wonder what is happening to our society and ask why is it so bad?  It’s easy to give up hope.  However, I guarantee if you open your ears and listen to these children sing you will be reminded that there is still so much good in the world”

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After 9 years of teaching, I have reached a point where students I once taught in the 8th grade are now graduating from high school.   As 8th graders, they were just entering their teenage years and 5 years later they are walking across a graduation stage. It’s quite remarkable to see these students donning caps and gowns ready for the next stage of their lives with hopes and dreams of being successful.
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