Award-winning educator Patrick M. DeVuono looks at things differently and, is bold enough (or crazy enough) to write about what he has seen. He earned his MA Ed. and became National Board Certified in Adolescent Mathematics while teaching ‘at risk’ students. He is an educator, author, speaker, blogger, teacher trainer and published composer/musician. He was born and educated in the midwest. After college he moved to Los Angeles to seek his fortune in the music industry and had just enough success to be on dozens of records, to hear himself on the radio when he was broke and to be very wary of fame. He loves teaching and really cares about his students. He is a pessimist because of his experience with educational reform, a pragmatist because of necessity and an optimist because of his faith in people. Inspired by 25 years of teaching experience What Happened to David was written as a gift to his students to tell their story. You can follow P. M. DeVuono on his website TeacherfromPlanetReality.com.
About me... Patrick M. DeVuono MA Ed.
I’m a teacher who looks at things differently and who is bold enough (or crazy enough) to speak and write about what I’ve seen. Some teachers and parents have said I was the first person they’d heard speak about education who made sense to them. Some administrators, and politicians, as well as other teachers, have labeled me negative, politically incorrect, a trouble maker and too much of a smarty pants for my own (or anyone else’s) good.
I’m an educator, author, speaker, blogger, teacher trainer and published composer/musician. Whatever your interest in education, if you want to have some fun while getting a real-life point of view for improving teaching and learning, you are in the right place. I love teaching and I really care about my students. So, if I seem irreverent or comedic, it’s just to get my point across by being entertaining. I am a pessimist because of my experience with educational reform, a pragmatist because of necessity and an optimist because of my faith in people.
I was born in Chicago and educated in the midwest. After college (U. of I.) I moved to Los Angeles to seek my fortune in the music/entertainment industry. I had just enough success to be on dozens of records, to hear myself on the radio when I was broke and to be very wary of fame. I needed more and started substitute teaching while trying to decide what I wanted to do next. I took education courses at CSUN while teaching as a sub at over 35 different schools over the course of the next 5 years. It was an amazing experience which I will share. I got a permanent position at the West Hollywood Community Day School (CDS - a school for at-risk students) and, during my 2o years there, earned my Masters of Education Degree and became National Board Certified in Adolescent Mathematics (primarily Algebra). I have taught every subject and grade level from 2nd grade through adult school. I have taught beginning teachers through the BTSA program.
I have authored the book What Happened to David, storytelling what it is like to go to an alternative school and what it’s like dealing with bullies, school violence and young love. Look for it... those kids and adults who have already read it have all loved it. You’ll love it too!