About Mr. Mazzella



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    The images above are all a part of my journey writing and promoting the book "Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore".  I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to write a book about one of my favorite places - LBI. Of course, the subject matter was about the devastation of the place I love, but the Island has recovered well and remains a wonderful place to visit and go to the beach! Writing the book was a difficult, but extremely rewarding experience. 

    NEVER PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING GREAT! Even if you don't know what you're doing, just go for it. People will help and support you along the way. You are all capable of great things! 

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    As for my background, I attended Carl Sandburg Middle School as a tween like you guys. I attended Christian Brothers Academy after that, graduating with the class of 1995.  Then it was onto Rutgers, where I graduated with a journalism degree in 1999. I worked for WMGM (NBC 40) in Atlantic City and wrote for LBI's newspapers "The SandPaper" and "The Beachcomber". In late 2001, I decided I wanted to leave journalism and start training for a career in education.  I was fortunate enough to get a job at St. Benedict School in Holmdel, where I taught 5th and 6th grade. After SBS, I ventured in public school, teaching 4th grade at Highlands Elementary School in Highlands, NJ (by Sandy Hook).  I took a chance at working in Old Bridge after that, becoming a long term sub for two successive classes at Carl Sandburg. That led to a full time job at the 7th grade Social Studies teacher in Block 7D.  In 2007, I transferred to Salk and continue to teach 7th grade on Team 7-2. I am very lucky because I teach my favorite subject - early U.S. history. I hope I can help you to find a love of U.S. history and civics this year too!