By Don J. Fessenden
Life was not always easy growing up in a single parent home, with a mother who worked as a waitress and spent more time at the dinner than at home. She did her best to support and raise her two boys. Don never knew his father. He also called one of the state run boy’s home his home for over a year. While living on the wrong side of the tracks, trouble seemed to find him and if not for sports he probably would have found more trouble.
A love of sports and competition was the most the only reason he attend high school. Looking back it’s a miracle that he finished school. He believed that high school was a waste of time and a rite of passage a person went through before doing something that you aspired to do. Immediately following high school Don enlisted in the United States Air Force with stints in Pararescue, Aerospace Medicine, Public Health, and concluding his military career at the College of Professional Military Education. During his first assignment as a medical technician he was selected as a clinical instructor, this position set into motion his love of teaching.
After more than fifteen years spent in various medical supervisory positions Don joined the staff at the College of Professional Military Education at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where he taught leadership and communication to mid-level United States Air Force managers. In his role as the Communication Department Chair, he oversaw the largest curriculum re-writing in the school’s history. After retiring in the summer of 2005 from the United States Air Force, he joined the staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, NJ.
Today, Don lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and works for the Norwalk Public Schools as a high school Aerospace Science teacher. An entrepreneur at heart and frustrated public school teacher he was motivated to do something, so he founded TeachersMeet.com. A platform designed to bring educators together to close the achievement gap through mentorship and advocacy.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein
“Make each and every day your Masterpiece.” John Wooden
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