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B.A. Iona College M.A. New York University NYS Teaching Certification English (Secondary Grades 7-12)

Mr. William Sweeney

I have been teaching at Lincoln High School for thirteen years, and in the Yonkers Public Schools for a total of nineteen years. I worked as a teacher in the Bronx for two years prior to starting in Yonkers. 

I have taught grade 12 for five years and grade 11 for one year. The title of the Course for Grade 12 is Elements of College Writing. This course focuses on the Step Up Program associated with Westchester Community College and has many features of a freshman English writing course for college. This is an interesting and organized step-by-step process that leads students to complete a research paper with a topic of their choice by the end of the third quarter. Books that we will read in grade 11 include Macbeth, The Crucible, and Catcher in the Rye. We will also focus on ELA Regents Prep and SAT Prep in eleventh grade. 

Mrs. Dolgetta and I are beginning our seventh year of co-teaching. She is an ENL teacher and we have many ENL students in our classes. We have worked with students from grades 9 to 12. I enjoy working with the ENL students who have a difficult time with learning the English language while also learning the English subject matter.  

I have been the Moderator for The Scroll school newspaper since 2013. Each year we publish two issues. Due to Covid, we did not publish during the last school year. The Homepage of the Lincoln High School website has the last two issues published, and has archived the previous years' issues.  I am always interested in accepting students submissions of articles and photographs related to promoting the Lincoln High School community. Join The Scroll school newspaper Club. We meet on Thursdays from 2:40 to 3:15 in room 318. During that time we work on editing student writings and designing the layout of upcoming newspaper issues in the Publisher software. Students who publish articles have a great advantage to showcase when applying to college. 

One of my favorite experiences teaching has been with the twelfth graders from school year 2016-2017 when we made my first attempt at making a movie. It is called Mentoring, and was based on a true story in The Call. We had an impressive fourty-five seniors acting in the five scenes. Plus, we had a student designated as the camera person. The camera person an an actor wrote about their work on the movie in The Scroll school newspaper in the Spring of 2015. Unfortunately, the movie was never finished due to the complexity of final editing. I had worked on the editing all summer, but had to let it go as another school year was about to begin. I was disappointed in that it was never published. But, I did learn about myself that I have an interest and a good talent in directing students in videos and movies. In 2017-2018, I worked with sophomore ENL students in my classes to produce several short video commercials for the GearUp program. I learned about video by participating since 2013 in a program for teachers at the Jacob Byrnes Film Center in Pleasantville, New York. 

My assignments are on Microsoft Teams. 

See my Photo pages.