My blogs

Blogs I follow

About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Teacher/Public Education Advocate
Location Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Introduction I am a 27 year teacher. I have a B.S. Ed. in English, speech and theatre from Northwest Missouri State University. I hold an MA in Theatre: Acting, Playwriting and Directing from KSU. I have also completed post-graduate work at Northwestern University and more... As a teacher I am deeply committed to the success of every student. All students deserve opportunity, good educators inspire student success and every student deserves a caring, qualified and committed teacher. I have been with my wife, Mrs. Kim Muta McLaughlin, for 18 wonderful years. I have three cats: Kohl, Opie and Teddy. I am also blessed with a great family and wonderful friends. Phony people, divas and suck-ups are a I believe that a quality public education has always been the cornerstone and great equalizer in our country. To that end, I do "the other part of my job" with advocacy and union work. Protecting schools by putting the student's interest as the center for our discussions is what the National Education Association, the Iowa State Education Association and the Lewis Central Education Association stand to protect and ensure.
Interests Cooking, hanging out with my cats, Court TV, good movies, drama/theatre, politics, teacher advocacy, computers, poker, writing, enthusiastic students, creating keepsakes with my computer, computer graphics/illustration.
Favorite Movies An Affair to Remember, I Am Sam, Quidam, Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall, Wizard of Oz, A Wonderful Life, Big Fish, A Christmas Story, Les Miserables at Wembley Stadium, The Breaks, House of Games, The Cincinatti Kid, Rounders
Favorite Music RENT by Jonathon Larson, Swing, Les Miserables, AVB, Jason Mraz, Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw, A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch, Louis Armstrong, REM, Stephen Sondheim, Disney, I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe, Vienna by Billy Joel, New York State of Mind by Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin
Favorite Books Writing in Restaurants by David Mamet, A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet, Savage Inequalities by Jonathon Kozol, The Shame of the Nation by Jonathon Kozol, Writer's Inc. by Sebranek/Kemper/Meyer, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, What Happened to Frog by Pam Cooper and Rives Collins, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, The Director's Voice by Arthur Bartow, Director's on Directing, Creating Writers by Vicki Spandel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving