ABOUT THE TEACHER

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BIOGRAPHY

Thomas W. Schwarz, Jr. was born in St. Clair, Michigan in 1959. His father retired from the Air Force in Great Falls, Montana. It was here, after graduating from Great Falls High School, he entered the Naval Service in June, 1977. He met his wife to be, Vickie, while attending Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, his two children Angela and Joshua were born. Other duty stations were: USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620)(Blue), USS SEA DEVIL (SSN 664), USS ATLANTA (SSN 712), Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida, and Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic, Kings Bay, Georgia. Tom's various duty assignments included: Recruit Company Commander (Boot Camp Instructor) where he trained 9 recruit companies, 7 of which earned the Commanding Officer’s Award for Excellence, Senior Instructor Evaluator, Curriculum Development, Command Qualification and Training Officer, Command Financial Counselor, and I.R.S. Volunteer Income Tax Assistant. His military awards and decorations include the Master Training Specialist designation, Silver Dolphin pin, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Pistol Expert Marksman Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6 Awards), and Navy Arctic Service Ribbon.

During his spare time he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration though Columbia University, Columbia, Missouri and his Master of Arts in Business Administration through Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia. He also completed a second Master of Arts in Education (Leadership) from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. He earned his Georgia State Teaching Certification through Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia and is certified in Marketing (7-12), Business (7-12), Mathematics (7-12), and Middle Grades Education (4-8) with emphasis in Math and Social Studies. After retiring from the Navy in June, 1997 he went to work at the Camden County Alternative School teaching all Math and Science subjects grades 9-12 for two years. He then transferred to Camden County High School, where both his children are graduates, and taught Algebra. The next year he transferred to the Career and Technical Education Department where he now teaches the Marketing Management Pathway as well as Marketing Research, International Marketing, Hospitality Marketing, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.

Tom has been an elected officer of 7 different non-profit organizations. Founded and organized the Kings Bay Youth Sports Parents Organization, the Camden County High School Softball Booster Organization, and student run school store "The Wild Way."  He is a graduate of Richard Alexander’s Umpire School and was a certified High School Umpire in Virginia, Florida, and Georgia with 15 years of experience as an independently contracted Amateur Baseball and Softball Umpire. After hanging up his umpire uniform he replaced it with a coaching uniform and spent 4 years as an assistant coach for the Camden County High School Softball Team. He has served on the Camden County Board of Education Fringe Benefits Committee.  Tom currently serves on the Camden County High School High Schools that Work Steering Committee, striving to make improvements in Camden County High School’s Instruction, Curriculum and Student performance as the standing committee chair for Policies and Best Practices. He was recognized by his fellow teachers as a nominee for the Camden County High School Teacher of the Year on four separate occasions.  He was also nominated for Georgia State Marketing Educator of the Year two times.  He has been recognized by the Camden County Community Alliance as a teacher voted by the students at Camden County High School who "best prepares them for the future."  Tom served on the Georgia DECA Board of Directors for six years, three as President.  He was also a member of the Georgia Department of Education Curriculum Development Team for Marketing Education where he was intimately involved in the rewriting of the Georgia Marketing Curriculum.  Tom is a member of the following professional organizations:  Association of Career and Technology Educators (ACTE), Georgia Association of Career and Technology Educators (GACTE), Georgia Marketing Educators Association (GMEA), and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

Tom currently sponsors the Camden County Chapter of DECA, Inc. where he helps his students take the theory learned in class and put it to practical use.  In 2008 Tom and the CCHS Marketing Education program received Industry Certification from the Association of Marketing Executives, Atlanta Chapter and the Georgia Department of Education and was recertified in 2013.

 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy is centered on several concepts. First, the responsibility of learning lies squarely on the shoulders of the student and nowhere else. It is the school system’s, mine and the parent’s responsibility to provide the resources and opportunities to make a student’s education possible. None of us however, can study for them, remember for them, do their work for them, or take the tests for them. They must learn self-discipline and time management skills to be successful in the future and be held accountable for these skills.  Therefore, the student’s education is clearly their responsibility. Second are the 21st century skills that businesses are looking for from all high school and college graduates; communications skills (written, oral, numerical and technical), collaboration skills (teamwork/people/human relations), creativity skills (being original and idea oriented) and critical thinking skills (able to solve problems on their own). Due to the necessity and importance of these "soft skills” every assignment I give and every grade received are designed around one or more of these skills. Twenty percent of all available jobs are no or low skill, minimum wage jobs which require very little education.  The other eighty percent require some sort of post-secondary education (college or technical training) as well as 21st century skills.

Participating in extracurricular activities and/or having a part time job is important in the growth and development of a young person in that it helps to teach the importance of 21st century skills as well as self-discipline and time management.  Juggling time between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and job also forces students to develop these skills.  However, we as teachers and parents, need to maintain cognizance of how the time is spent outside school hours.  The student's number one priority MUST be to satisfactorily complete school and receive their diploma.  Going to school, 7:30 - 2:30, is a full time job.  If we, as teachers and parents, do not ensure our students attend school; provide time to do and complete their homework; ensure they get sufficient sleep; and limit the amount of time spent in extracurricular activities and part time employment, we are doing them a disservice.

 

 

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