I became involved in chess when I was young playing games with family and friends. In 7th grade, I started reading the chess column in the New York Times and buying chess books to become a better player. During the summer of 1972, I learned about presenting a game to an audience by watching Shelby Lyman's explanations of the Fischer-Spassky match on PBS TV in New York. The games were analyzed move by move as each move came in via telephone.
In 2003 I was teaching at a school without a chess program so I started one. I am amazed at the number and variety of students that have wanted to get involved in chess. The chess program has helped me establish a good relationship with many students before they came into my classroom. My extensive work in helping students better their game, has allowed me to better my own, and I am now comfortable playing against players at almost every level.