Fred’s background


Fred spent nineteen of his twenty-four years in education as a classroom teacher, working with students in grades 5-12. While some of Fred’s work with students was more traditional in nature, he always worked to find innovative methods to motivate students. Over the years, his students wrote, directed and produced movies; built a power-generating windmill on a 60’ tower; published books; interviewed governors, state supreme court justices, and state senate presidents; and built a Huck Finn style raft and floated it on a river. For five years, he worked as a district curriculum coordinator. In 1994, Fred was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. In 1997, he was awarded a Fulbright to study education in Japan. Most recently, he wrote and co-produced the hour long PBS aired documentary Telling Their Stories, a compelling examination of Holocaust survivors living in his home state of New Hampshire. His first book, The Write Direction: A New Teacher’s Guide to Teaching Writing, is available for purchase. He has trained teachers across the United States and in over a dozen different countries on four continents on the Six Traits of writing.

Fred holds a BS in Communications from Ohio University, a MEd from the University of New Hampshire, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.

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