I have worked in the publishing field for the past 15 years, primarily with newspapers. I have had numerous editorial titles and have worked with my current company, Worrall Community Newspapers, in Essex and Union counties, New Jersey, first as a managing editor and then as an associate editor for the last 9 years. As an editor, I have written stories and editorials, attended government meetings, interviewed local figures in community government and industry, laid out newspapers, edited copy, paginated newspapers and special publications, formatted photographs and helped ensure newspapers were sent from publisher to printer by deadline in a timely fashion every week. I have helped publish 19, now 11, newspapers. I have hired and fired people.
All of this newspaper experience has helped me to better understand the English language and written word, two separate but interrelated concepts. This experience will help supplement the knowledge I will impart upon my students in my classes. I have spoken before an auditorium full of more than 2,000 students. I have handled every conceivable kind of pressure and will not find the stress of teaching to be daunting.
I have been a soccer referee since I got my license with the United States Soccer Federation through the Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association in December 1982. In August 1999, I became a United States Soccer Referee instructor. I have taught dozens of classes and hundreds of students in the past 10 years about the rules and knowledge needed to be an effective licensed referee. From November 1994 through 2002, I was a soccer referee in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. In 1996, I became a state referee in the United States Soccer Federation. In 2004, I became a referee assessor in the United States Soccer Federation.
My years of experience as a referee, referee instructor and referee assessor have provided me with literally thousands of hours dealing with the stress of players, coaches and parents while doing my job. I also have had the privilege of spending hundreds of hours instructing people ranging in age from 14 to 64 in the knowledge necessary to pass the referee exam, be good referees and, through refresher courses, become better referees while learning about the yearly changes in the game. This is an occupation dealing regularly with impressionable youths and I have prided myself in setting a good example through my behavior, knowledge, attitude and appearance.
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