My education experience included teaching
business courses at the former AWHS (later FHS) which subsequently led to
my appointment of Business Dept.
Coordinator and then served as the district’s Director of Adult/Continuing and
Vocational Education with offices at the former Osborn Hill Administration Center.
I also served as an Adjunct Assistant Prof. at Sacred Heart University and
later at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL where I taught courses in
office administration and accounting. My
education credentials included a B.S. Cum Laude, Business Education, University
of Bridgeport; MA, Psychological Testing (School Psychology), Fairfield University;
6th Year Diploma in Administration/Supervision, SCSU; and 30
additional credits beyond the 6th Year at UCONN and SCSU which
include the completion of the state certification credential in School Guidance
and Counseling. I also obtained credentials to teach ESOL, high school/GED and
alternative Adult High School Diploma Programs for adult learners. The major reason I listed these degrees,
certifications and credentials is because while they did mean something in
public education in terms of one’s salary level and position, they meant
absolutely nothing to hiring HR and Sales Managers in the publishing industry.
The ONLY credential that was required for an initial review was the BS Degree.
Also, my 30 years of educational experience had no effect on my initial salary
placement or position level. I was somewhat surprised when I soon realized that
my resume and credentials would be reviewed at the same level as an
inexperienced college graduate. Of course, I did have many advantages over the new
college graduate and for that matter even the highly experienced textbook sales
reps. and even managers that my years of school and administrative experience
had provided. Namely, I knew what teachers liked and didn’t like about various
instructional texts and materials and the criteria they used to compare and ultimately
select one set of instructional materials over another. This acquired knowledge was instrumental in
my eventual success in the industry.