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Mr. Thomas J. Frederick, "Tom"
BA - Glassboro College, Communications (RTF); Radio, TV & Film
PBTCP - Rowan University, (Teacher of the Handicapped)
-Wilson Reading Instructor
-Structured Learning Experience, (SLE) Coordinator
Hi, my name is Mr. Tom Frederick and I was born in Sea Isle City and raised in South Jersey, growing up in Wildwood Crest with an older brother by one year and a younger sister by one year. Educated at Philip P. Baker School and at the Crest Memorial School in Wildwood Crest. Attended Wildwood Catholic High School in North Wildwood. In high school I participated in basketball. The summer months I still work as a Lieutenant on the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol,(WCBP). I enjoy rowing, running, and swimming and enjoy all aspects of lifesaving. Other outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking, working in the yard and biking with my family.
I attended Glassboro State College and played for the "Profs" basketball team my freshman year; however that winter was introduced to and fell in love with snow skiing. Majoring in Radio, TV & Film (RTF) Communication.
Upon graduating from college I enjoyed traveling and working as a ski instructor at Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos during the winter months and worked in construction during the shoulder seasons when not traveling. It was during a winter season that I became inspired by a few of my fellow ski instructors who were physically handicapped. Both men had lost a leg while serving during the Vietnam War. They exposed me to three tracking and drills that were challenging, but also helped my body awareness and improved my skiing. That winter I also worked assisting blind skiers through the 52 Association for blind and handicapped skiers. I had backdoored myself into education and decided to go back to school to become a "Teacher of the Handicapped". I attended Rowan University's Post Baccalurate Teacher Certification Program (PBTC) to obtain a teaching certificate. When attending Rowan I worked at the CMCSSSD in CMCH to aquire hands-on experience in the feild of Special Education. My student teaching placement was across the street here at OCHS in 1997 and was hired the next year to help develop the Extension Program at OCHS. In my sixth year @ OCHS I was provided an opportunity to receive training as an instructor of the Wilson Reading System. I acquired an endorsement to my "Teacher of the Handicapped" certification in 2007 as a Structured Learning Experience,(SLE)Coordinator. I worked for two years assisting students with disabilities in acquiring transferable job experiences within the school district and the surrounding communities. My teaching assignment for the 2013-2014 school year are: 4 Reading classes, 1 US History-1; CP, (ICS).
I married my lovely wife Melissa on April 28, 2001. We have three precious daughters; Emerson (9), Abigail (7) and Ainsley (4). We were blessed on May 25 of 2012 with a healthy boy, Calaghan Thomas. He has been a wonderful addition to our family and he is the girl's prince. Also in the family are two Yellow Slider turtles. Our home is in Cape May Court House and we enjoy the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the beach, swim classes, playing in the yard and biking. We enjoy visiting with Grandma & Grandpa, Mimi & Poppy and our neighborhood friends!
Updated: 6.11.13, TJF