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“A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will discover on the journey, what you will do with what you find, or what you find will do to you.”

James Baldwin

I am a retired middle school social studies and photography teacher. In 2016, I took a year-long leave of absence to travel, volunteer and complete a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher project in Vietnam where I started The Alternate Route blog. In Hanoi, I worked with students and educators from middle school through university level to create a poetry sharing website. Other fellowships have brought me to Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Germany, Cuba, Korea, and several places in the US. I also spent five years teaching in Bolivia and Brazil.

In recent years, I have become more active in my community of Westerly, Rhode Island and the Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition. I look forward to having more time to focus on issues of equity and justice.

If you want to know more about me, here is my “auto-ethnography” project I completed for a graduate program in 2014.

I continue to blog on The Alternate Route with reflections on teaching, traveling, and learning on the road and at home.

This new home of The Alternate Route now includes posts from my previous blogs:

  • teach.change – This was my first blog and includes posts from my graduate program at the University of New Haven in Instructional Technology and Digital Media Literacy in 2013-2014. These are all under the category IT&DML Graduate Classes.
  • Morocco’s Bountiful Perspectives – The link in the menu will take you directly to this blog which is about a 30-day Fulbright-Hays study tour of Morocco in 2014.
  • India/Nepal – Posts from my blog about travel and volunteering trip to South Asia in 2015. You can find these in the menu above.
  • Where I’m From – Connecting students through poetry; my Fulbright project from Vietnam (2016). There is a direct link to this blog in the menu.

What would you like to see more of on this blog? Travel tips, stories, photography, social justice topics, adoption, retirement, life as a gay person, childhood stories, or something else? Leave a comment below and let me know what you are interested in.

(updated September, 2023)

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