Phone: (352) 671-6260 x51254 (But e-mail me--I'll get back to you faster!)
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S.Ed. Elementary Education/Math, B.F.A. Fine Art Painting, M.F.A. Studio and Digital Art; Florida ESOL Certificate Twitter: @HarrySamMCPS
I’m originally from just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and am still a loyal fan of all of the Philly sports teams (Yes, the Eagles finally won a Super Bowl)! I moved to Ocala in July of 2004. My experience as an educator is extensive and varied, with most of my teaching having been done at the 5th and 6th grade levels.
I graduated from West Chester University in 1982 with a B.S. Ed. degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Mathematics that qualifies me as an Elementary/Middle Level Math Specialist. I also hold a BFA in Painting (Kendall College of Art & Design), a Master’s Degree in Studio Art, as well as earning the Excellence in Teaching Citation and Dean's Medal of Excellence from Michigan State University, and have experience teaching the arts and humanities across the curriculum, from pre-school to the university level.
During my career, I have been a faculty member of a U.S. Department of Education National School of the Year, served as a frequent lecturer and panelist on the topics of creativity, learning, teaching, multiple intelligences, and art, and have been named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, the 2013 Editions of Covington Who's Who and Biltmore's Executive & Professional Who's Who, as well as having been designated as Highly Effective and was voted Teacher of the Year during my years at Ocala's Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts!
I’ve taught gifted education, Title 1 (lowest quartile) Math, and inclusion classes. What I’m most proud of, however, was being selected as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor at Michigan State where I taught and developed curriculum for 300- and 400-level classes. I also taught abroad in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, as well as having done coursework in Italy and Mexico. My artwork hangs in collections domestically and around the world, and I am proud to have been selected in 2004 to represent the United States at the international Biennale dell'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy.
I love napping, art, gardening, reading, music, movies, computers, sports, and learning almost anything at all. I have a wonderful (ageless) wife, Janet, and two terrific daughters, Kendra (33) and Emlyn (28).
Teaching is a joy for me, and I look forward to working with the students every day. I would also like to get to know you: the parents and community here at Belleview-Santos Elementary. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks!