My name, as you may already know, is Chad Manis, and I founded Teacher-Written Eduware back in 1997 with the introduction of Write All About It !
Warming Up to Language Arts followed a few years later, and more recently I added Language Arts Presenter, Volumes 1 and 2.
On October 22, 2010, I launched Daily Teaching Tools, and I must say, I'm passionate about it. I'm delighted to be able to share with you many of the things that I've learned (and stolen from other teachers) over the course of my career.
It's even more rewarding to know that you will share them with your kids!
Although About Me IS mainly about me, it is also about my significant other, a host of avatars, a serious love of teaching, and my quest to become a better photographer.Professional Background
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, teaching major of English and/or Language Arts, from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, in 1975. I earned my Master of Education Degree from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1982.
After my first year of teaching in Pierce County, Georgia, in 1976, the rest of my teaching career has been spent in Jacksonville, Florida, where I have had the distinct pleasure and continual challenge of serving students in grades 6-12.
The majority of my classroom experience, however, has been at the middle school level--first with a tour of duty at Eugene J. Butler Middle School, 900 Acorn Street, here in Jacksonville, and more recently at Twin Lakes Academy Middle School, 8050 Point Meadows Drive, also here in Jacksonville.
After 33 years of service as both a language arts and journalism teacher, I retired on November 30, 2009.My Favorite Hobby
Since childhood, I have always enjoyed photography.
In the late 70's I was using a 35mm, fully-manual, Pentax film camera. When I got my first desktop PC in 1984, the Pentax went into the camera bag where it remains to this very day.
For the last few years, I have been observing the evolution of the digital SLR and becoming more and more intrigued with the possibilities. With new-found time on my hands, I recently took the plunge, and I have to say, I'm having a great time!
No more buying roll after roll of film. No more turning in negatives and paying to see the results. And, a digital darkroom at my fingertips to boot!
Here are a few samples. (I know, I know. I'm not a pro, but I'm trying!)
My significant other is my wife, Sue, whose patience with me--and faith in me, has been and continues to be inspiring. As an accounts specialist at one of the two Cadillac dealerships here in Jacksonville, she brings a sharp eye to all of my endeavors--offering constructive criticism and making suggestions.
If I like the software, and Sue likes it, I know that teachers and students will also.
Finally, there are Brad, Becky, and all of the rest of the avatars who populate Language Arts Presenter. They always say and do exactly what they are asked, and they never talk back.Conclusion
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me. I hope you enjoy my website articles, software, and photographs as much as I like creating them!If not, your constructive criticism will always be welcomed. Let me know what's on your mind right here.