Photo: Fred HaasMy name is Fred. I teach in New England. Every year when I am asked the eventual question, “Why are you a teacher?” my response is always, “It’s better than working.” I arrived late to the front of the classroom, about a decade later than the most common path. Of course, teaching might be the hardest job I have ever had, but it is unquestionably the most fun and definitely the most rewarding. While not every day in the classroom is filled with the brightest sunshine, on most of them I think to myself, “I can’t believe I actually get paid to do this.”

Growing up in and around Chicago, “the city on the make,” as Algren lovingly dubbed it, I fell in love with theatre and film, eventually working in the entertainment field after finishing at university. Additionally, while working as professional actor, I moonlighted as a technology consultant, specializing in software training and broadband network video, long before anyone dreamed of YouTube.

I always knew I wanted to become a teacher, but knew I wasn’t ready to do it immediately. Eventually, I took all my experiences and headed back to school to get certified, becoming a teacher of English. Shortly thereafter a young woman that would eventually become my wife lured me to the East Coast, where I teach at a suburban Boston high school.

The transition to teaching has been extraordinary. I now teach an array of secondary classes in a rich mix of formats, including face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and completely online. My teaching also extends to professional development as Teacher Consultant and Technology Liaison for the Boston Writing Project.