Began professional career in 1967 teaching English and philosophy at Joliet Junior College (JJC).
Besides tenure as a full-time faculty member, was also the Department Chairman from 1993 until 2001, overseeing fifteen (15) full-time faculty and eighty-five (85) adjunct faculty. Co-advisor for the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, as well as sponsor of the Veteran’s Club. Awarded the Teacher of the Year in 1988 and was the recipient of the Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award in 2015. Served as President of the American Federation of Teachers, Council 525, as well as Vice-President of the Will County Federation of Teachers.
Co-authored two (2) writing texts for the Developmental Writing Program at JJC. Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy from Holy Cross Seminary in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse with additional coursework in theology and educational theory.
Married for forty-five (45) years to Sharon Asher, a graduate of the University of St. Francis and a science teacher for twenty-four (24) years at Dirksen Junior High School, as well as the Coordinator for the science curriculum for District 86 for ten (10) years.
Two children, Jessica and Aaron. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law and a corporate attorney in Pittsburgh.
Active member in the Meals-On-Wheels program delivering food to the elderly and less fortunate. Board of Commissioner of the Housing Authority of Joliet since 2001.
Continues to teach as an adjunct professor of English in the English/World Languages Department at JJC, marking his forty-ninth (49th) year of teaching.