My name is George Lovera and I am honored to be your social studies teacher.  This is my 22nd year at Glenwood Middle School.  I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. In 1993, I attained my Masters in Arts and Teaching from Towson (State) University.  I married Alisa Schulman, my high school girlfriend, in 1992.  Alisa and I have two children. Sophie is entering her Freshman year at Towson University and Ben his Junior year at Atholton High School. More importantly, Don Giorgio (me) has a winning record against Alisa, Sophie & Ben in Scopa, an Italian-Argentinian card game.

As will become very obvious throughout the year, I love the Philadelphia Eagles. This passion stems from a birthright that is placed on all who are born in the Philadelphia region. I look at my affair with the Eagles as much a burden as a privilege. Going to games, however, is pure enjoyment. I have over 20 family members that are season ticket holders along with me. Game day Sunday’s at the Linc are a wonderful family reunion. Maybe our beloved “Iggles” will one day win the big one. However, even if that does not happen, we will continue to support the team from the City of Brotherly Love!

My philosophy towards education is simple. I believe that family/faith come first and all else is a distant second. I recognize we live in a global community where competition is more fierce than ever. I also believe the best way to prepare our youth for the future is to expose them to a well-balanced life. I try not to assign homework. Work they bring home is either work they didn’t complete in class or project related.

What are GEO Bucks?  The currency that can be used in Mr. L’s class to “purchase” treats or be redeemed at the end of each quarter for extra credit. They can be earned by playing map games, predicting all four selected NFL games correctly for the weekly NFL Challenge, successfully identifying the Google Earth Challenge or completing an in class challenge based on class discussion.

Finally, I also believe strongly that mistakes are the best tools for learning. This applies especially to the middle school student. In elementary school, we learn all the skills necessary for survival in this world we live. In high school, we begin to plan our post-education future. It is in middle school that we begin to figure out who we are and how we work.

“A teachable spirit and a humbleness to admit your ignorance or your mistake will save you a lot of pain. However, if you're a person who knows it all, then you've got a lot of heavy-hearted experiences coming your way.”
- Roy Carpenter, Jr.

I look forward to working with all of you this year.

-Don Giorgio Lovera