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Joe Oswald was born and raised in Chicago’s historic Beverly Hills neighborhood where he continues to live and raise his own family. He has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in history from De Paul University as well as a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University.  Joe has worked as a Chicago public high school history teacher for over twenty years, including the last fifteen years at Thomas Kelly High School. He served as a member of his school’s Literacy Team, served as departmental coordinator for the Chicago Reading Initiative, and has been a member of the North Central writing improvement committee, the school grant writing committee, and supervised numerous student teachers. While at Kelly, he served as chairman of the history department and on the School Leadership Team for nine years and continues to teach Chicago History. Additionally, Joe has endorsements in special education, English as a Second Language, and is a certified International Baccalaureate teacher. While serving as department chair he oversaw the implementation of standardized test prep reading programs for his department that focused on preparing students for the ACT,® and later the SAT.® He also coordinated the marketing committee for his school, wrote numerous newspaper articles about the school that appeared in local newspapers, and created a mentoring program for new teachers. His previous work includes a book about the historic Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood in Chicago published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series and has been interviewed on television and radio. When he was twenty-one years old he passed the Illinois Real Estate exam and began selling real estate with a local Century-21 office.  He also worked as a new home consultant for a real estate developer and served on the board of directors for the Beverly Ridge Homeowners’ Association, a civic association that represented and promoted the civic affairs for over 1,000 households in the association’s boundaries.   As a professional educator for over twenty years, Joe Oswald has experience working with adults and students from various educational backgrounds, including special needs students and English language learners. He has seen first-hand students struggle with their  reading and writing assignments, tests, and on important college entrance exams because they lack a strong vocabulary.  Outside of education, many of his accomplishments would not have been possible without strong academic skills and a command of the English language, both of which are based on having an extensive vocabulary. The words in this book were chosen based on over twenty years of teaching and other professional experiences that witnessed the types of words adults and students struggle with in a variety of settings. The first-hand knowledge of the importance of a strong vocabulary and the proven correlation between an extensive vocabulary and higher socioeconomic status inspired him to write this book and to help others unlock their academic, personal, and professional potential.

For questions, comments, or additional information please contact Joe Oswald at joe@joeoswald.com.