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James D Testo
5 Louisian Avenue
Plattsburgh, New York 12903
518-561-4832       Website:


Family and Consumer Science Teacher,
Peru Central School; Peru, New York. 
High School Careers Program 2012-Present
Sixth and Seventh grade Family and Consumer Science Curriculum.  February, 2009-Present. 
Home Tutor October, 2009-Present.  10th grade Global History, 7-12 Social Studies, all additional 7-12 subject areas. 
Full- Substitute Teacher grades 9-12.  October 2008-February 2009.
North Country  Jr. Iron Chef Competition 2013
Safety Committee 2013-Present
Wellness Committee 2012-Present
Spring 2012 Wrote 40 week curriculum map for Global History Capstone project
Summer 2010 Aided in re-writing High School Family and Consumer Science Cultural Foods Curriculum
Varsity Club Advisor 2010 to present
BLT Committee Member 2009-Present
Piloted Academic Showcase BLT Committee 2009
New York State Family and Consumer Science Educators:   2010-Present
Board Member/ Program Director / Area Coordinator/ Treasurer--Family and Consumer Science Educators – North Country East region (Clinton; Franklin; Essex Counties)
Board Member WEP student work education program

Health and Physical Education Teacher,
Saranac Central School; Saranac, New York. 
September, 2008-November 2008.  Long term substitute:  High School Health, Physical Education, and Adaptive Physical Education. 

Substitute Teacher, Peru Central School; Saranac Central Schools; Northeast Clinton Central School   2004-2008.

Teaching Certifications: Family and Consumer Sciences K-12; September 2012
                                           Secondary Social Studies 7-12  September 2012
                                           Special Education Multi-subject 7-12   (December 2013)

Coaching / Athletic Experience
Peru Central School Peru, New York
Varsity Track Coach,/ Modified Track Coach, Varsity Club Advisor 2010-present.  Modified Soccer Coach 2011
Saranac Central School Saranac, New York
Varsity Boys Soccer 2012-Present
Girls Modified Softball 2008
Football Coach U-14 2001-2004
Additional Related Athletic  Experience:
 Coaching Certifications:  Techniques- Softball/ Track/ Soccer   Philosophy of   Coaching and Coaching Science                                                    
 National Federation of State High School Associations Football Referee s (Scholarship Committee)
National Federation of State High school Associations of Volleyball Referees
Adult CPR and First Aid for Coaching      Violence in Sports Women’s College Rugby Coach   Union     
College Schenectady, New York   Indoor and outdoor youth soccer coach

Content Specialty Test- Social Studies July 2004                                           Finger Print Clearance
Content Specialty Test Family and Consumer Sciences June 2007                LAST  ATSW
NYS Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators                      Child Abuse Awareness
National Council for the Social Studies                                                           Violence Prevention in the Classroom   
Developed comprehensive Job Shadowing Program                                       Reading Strategies That Work                                           
Classroom Management                                                                                   Discipline Strategies                                                              
Effective Teacher Training                                     

FOURTH QUARTER SPORTS  Licensed Sports merchandise:  Burlington, VT.  Lake George, New York
COACH TESTO'S   Licensed Sports merchandise: Burlington, VT.  Plattsburgh; Glens Falls, Lake George New York
        **Owned and operated three retails stores simultaneously**
SRV  EXCHANGE Seasonal stores:  Burlington, Vermont. SRV Exchange Franchise Stores-- Calendar Club; Go the   
Game Store; San Francisco Music Box
 **Owned and operated five carts, kiosks and in-line store simultaneously**
COACHES' CORNER Hot wrap and dessert stand Franklin County Fair Malone, New York
TESTO PROPERTIES 4 Unit apartment building Schenectady, New York

Chef, Elks Lodge Plattsburgh, New York.   Ran breakfast, lunch and dinner operations.  In charge of all food displays and ice carvings.  Coordinator dinning room set up and bar during banquets. 

General Manager,  Friendly's Restaurant Williston, Vermont.
Responsible for all restaurant operations at highest volume store in Vermont.  *Took over store operations with no training or orientation *
Returned to assist restaurants in district during vacations and time off from teaching. 

General Manager, Sbarros’ University Mall Burlington, Vermont .  
Responsibilities included recruiting; scheduling; inventory and portion control; store appearance and adhering to company and mall rules and guidelines; cash control; training.       *Completed 8 week training  program in 4 weeks.

Co- Manager, Dutch Hollow, Union College, Schenectady, New York
Took over all Human Resource responsibilities including scheduling; recruitment; enter and exit interviews; logging sick and personal time; vacation and holiday pay disbursement; benefit review. Promoted to much higher volume retail sales dinning hall.
Manager, Rathskeller Union College, Schenectady, New York                                                             
Revitalized restaurant and made it a favorite place for students to be. 
*Optimized labor and exceeded goals; Succeeded in making restaurant profitable; Added new menu items and food specials; Acquired new equipment; Monthly health and safety audits.  Brought several entertainers, special events, and renewed interest in Rathskeller. 
*February 1999 took on additional responsibility of Hockey Concessions   
*Co-ran Rathskeller and Dutch Hollow until replacement was found/ September & October 1999.

State University of New York Plattsburgh                * Masters in Curriculum Instruction  /May 2012

                                                                                          Secondary Social Studies/  Family and Consumer  Sciences

                                                                           Special Education multi-subject 7-12 December 2013

State University of New York Oneonta                      *Bachelors’ Food and Business     August 1997 

 -Varsity Rugby       Varsity Soccer                                            Concentration: Nutrition / Anthropology  

-Student Dietetics/Food and Business Club                                   

-Runner up Women's Family Home Bureau Scholarship

Schenectady County Community College

A.A.S.  Hotel Management               May 1988                              *Deans’ List/Vice President Sr. Class/Hotel Sales and Mgt. Club

A.O.S.  Culinary Arts                        May 1988                              Varsity Soccer/Freshman Senator/Student Activities Board/Ski Club
Fox Hospital-Oneonta, New York  Spring 1995-Assisted Dietitians with patients menus and special dietary needs.
Kentucky Derby-Manager of Beer Tent May 1988.  One of 20 nationwide chosen to participate
Walt Disney World-Food Host: Summer 1986  One of 500 students chosen in U.S. and 10 other countries.

A. Paul Scott      Superintendant of Schools Peru Central School (518) 643-6400
Chris Mazzella   Co-Principal Peru Secondary School  (518) 643-6400
Cheryl Felt         Co-Principal Peru Secondary School (518) 643-6400
Jeff Durrant       Athletic Dir./ Middle School Principal Saranac Central School (518) 565-5700
John Parks         High School Principal Saranac Central School (518) 565-5800
Dr. Bethanne DelGaudio   Plattsburgh State University (518) 564-2124
Dr. Heidi Schnackenberg   Plattsburgh State University (518) 564-5143
Kathleen Roach         Peru Central School  -Global Studies/ Union President (518) 643-6400
Dianne Menard          Peru Central School  - Health/ Student Council Advisor (518) 643-6400

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