Teaching is Alex LaPerchia’s vocation—writing his avocation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a Master of Arts degree from Long Island University. As an English teacher in NYC public high school and adjunct professor in college, he believes in inculcating moral values as well as teaching subject matter. He asseverates that the war against drug abuse, violence, and criminality must be fought in the classroom through lessons and discussions.
Alex maintains that he has undergone a spiritual evolution from cynic to a loving Christian who has turned his life over to God. This turnabout is clearly evident in his writings which are rooted in his fascination with the lives of saints who have sought and attained communion with other persons and with God. In addition, Alex had a street ministry on 6th Avenue in Manhattan, NYC, praying with homeless people and providing them with money to purchase a simple lunch.
Both Alex and Phyllis worked with the homeless through the Missionaries of Charity (Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Organization) in the Bronx and Harlem.
Phyllis LaPerchia was a principal of one of the largest middle schools in NYC (2200 students)--I.S. 61. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Phyllis started as an assistant teacher and worked her way up to the position of principal. During her years as Principal she won awards for the special programs she started to improve the students’ lives-Principal of the Year awarded by Mayor Guiliani for the first inclusion program in NYC. This program was visited by teachers throughout the United States and international countries, and included a visit by the Assistant Secretary of Education of the United States. Awarded by President Clinton in the Rose Garden, School of the Year representing N.Y.S., for drug free program. Received while an Assistant Principal at Jane Addams High School, Assistant Principal of the Year for the Retail Academy, a school to work program. Several news stations around the country covered this program and Donald Trump sent a letter of congratulations!
Both Alex and Phyllis worked with homeless through the Missionaries of Charity (Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Organization) in the Bronx and Harlem.