In June 2018 I will complete my twenty-third year of teaching English writing and literature in both public and independent schools. My enthusiasm for teaching comes from seeing my students’ confidence grow when they see steady, consistent improvement in their work, whether it’s in their critical writing skills, their success in evaluating a text, or how they contribute to class discussions. In addition to classroom teaching, I lead workshops for Polyphony H.S., an organization that teaches young people how to edit and publish creative writing. I’m also a writer and freelance journalist, most recently as a contributor to OZY. I live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with my wife, a teacher at Evanston Township High School, and my three sons.