James  Quinlan

School:

 

Vernon Township High School

Location:

 

Vernon, New Jersey

Subject(s) taught:

 

Industrial Arts/Special Education

Total years in current position:

 

24

Total years as a classroom teacher:

 

24

 

Career Highlights

  • James Quinlan is a facilitator for Project Quest, an adventure-based
    counseling program with its origins in Outward Bound, for students in
    need of a personal growth experience.
  • To meet the challenge of teaching neurologically impaired students,
    Quinlan created the Roaring Lion Chair Company, a student operated
    enterprise that manufactures Adirondack chairs and markets them
    throughout the tri-state area. Emphasis is placed upon developing
    marketable work skills and attitudes including staying on task, safety,
    appropriate behavior, and responsibility.
  • About the stereotype of “vocational education, Quinlan states, “Yes,
    of course they’reusingtheir hands, but they’re working with their
    minds.”

Education

1976

Kean College of New Jersey, Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts

1986

Jersey City State College, Master of Arts in Urban Education

Teaching Experience

1976-present

9th-12th grades, Industrial Arts
Vernon Township High School
Vernon, New Jersey

1989-present

Private Pilot Ground School Instructor
Orange County Community College

Special Recognition

2002

Time Magazine, Chevy Malibu Teaching Excellence Award

2001

Leavy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education

1999-2000

Sussex County Teacher of the Year

1999- 2000

Vernon Township Teacher of the Year

1999

Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, Japan-U.S. Educational Commission

1998

Earthwatch Educational Award recipient,Grizzly Bear DNA Survey

1997

National Foundation for the Humanities Fellow,Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Testimonials

“He is more than a teacher. He helps students to search for and then to build on their individual strengths.”

–Daniel Muller,
former student

“Mr. Quinlan’s awesome success as a
teacher, both in and out of the classroom, is enhanced by his
indisputable respect for students as human beings and his ability to
expose students to a myriad of possibilities.”

–Anthony J. Macerino, Superintendent,
Vernon Township Public Schools

“We discovered that learning isn’t about
memorizing facts or choosing the right answer from a list. It’s about
discovering for yourself that what you know isn’t as important as what
you can find out, if you’re willing to make the effort.”

–Cheryl Hastie, Student