Having lived in the Bridesburg area most of my life, I have a keen understanding of my students background as well as their needs. I am a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. I am also a graduate of La Salle University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/History. Having fulfilled the mandatory Pennsylvania state requirements for Level II certification, I am certified to teach in Pennsylvania.
In keeping with the tradition of continuing education, I earned a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in American History from La Salle University.
The 2016-2017 school year marks my fourteenth year at Franklin Towne and first year as the department chair. During my tenure at Towne, I have taught the following courses: World History, American History, Police Procedures, and A.P. United States History. The Social Studies Department currently offers two Advanced Placement courses - World and U.S. as a way to maintain the rigor of our college prep expectations. This year marks my fifth year teaching AP U.S. History. The course and my syllabus have been approved by the College Board. In addition, I successfully completed the A.P. Summer Institute course for AP teachers at Camden County College under the direction and guidance of Dr. Paul Dickler in 2012 and in 2014. I also had the privilege of attending the 2014 AP Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
In 2014 the Social Studies department added a Civics and Government course in preparation for the Pennsylvania Keystone exams in 2020. I will be teaching two sections of the course to the junior class this year.
The 2016-2017 school year also marks my 10th year as moderator of the highly popular Towne Historical Society which exposes students to the rich history of the Philadelphia region through various field trips and presentations.
Before I joined the Towne family in 2003, I taught American and World History at Father Judge High School for Boys in Northeast Philadelphia under the direction of Mr. Alex Schugsta and had the opportunity to observe and teach in the School District of Philadelphia at Central High School under the guidance of Mr. John Lafferty.
I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of history with my students and blending it with my experiences both as a teacher and a citizen of the United States of America.
- Vincent R. Wisniewski
•To provide an academic environment that fosters in my students a
commitment to the highest order of academic achievement.
•To provide an educational environment that promotes collaboration and
interaction in the learning process.
•To foster in my students a commitment to active and responsible citizenship.
•To promote the diversity of my students as a precious resource for mutual education and ethical development.
"Citizenship is Every Person's Highest Calling"