Philosophy of Education

Each of the roads I have taken in my life has led me to a classroom.

I am a teacher. My goal is prepare students to understand the world outside the classroom. 

Teaching offers insights into the past, the present and the future. More than just the study of dead old men and battles long since fought, the social studies are a living examination of the world around us. It informs us and gives us lenses to understand history, as well as our economic and political systems. It prepares students to be informed citizens of the world.

I believe:

· In the potential and desire of every human to learn;

· That one must possess a foundation of knowledge to make effective learning possible;

· That a student learns more effectively when actively engaged in the construction of knowledge rather than passively receiving it; and

· That students learn in various ways, making it important to encourage the discovery of knowledge through differentiated instruction.

Career Highlights:

  • Freelance Journalist
  • Grant Writer
  • Taught English in Europe
  • College Access Professional
  • Seasoned Political Reporter
  • Small Business Owner



Tales from John Spidaliere

A blog about my travels including the latest installment, "Hungry for Action"

The EdOption Academy Social Studies Blog

A blog for Academy teachers

This Must be the Place

A blog for Lancaster City transplants, edited by Jocelyn Park

Spidaliere on LinkedIn

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