Dr. Semendinger has been a passionate child-centered educator for almost 30 years. He first enjoyed a successful career as a middle school history earning numerous awards including “Teacher of the Year” and the prestigious “A+For Kids” grant before moving on to administration. Dr. Semendinger has served as a high school vice principal, a middle school principal, and is currently the principal of the most wonderful elementary school in the whole world!
Dr. Semendinger has enjoyed working in various professional organizations including serving as the President of the New Jersey Middle School Association. In addition to the above, Dr. Semendinger has worked for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and he has served as an adjunct college professor at both Ramapo College and William Paterson University.
An enthusiastic presenter, Dr. Semendinger brings his passion for children to his positive, happy, and engaging presentations. As an accomplished public speaker, Dr. Semendinger has successfully presented workshops at many conferences including those run by the New England League of Middle Schools, STEMCON, the New Jersey Middle School Association, the Madison Institute, local ASCD Chapters, and many others. An updated list of his recent and past speaking engagements is listed on his blog.
Dr. Semendinger is also an accomplished writer. His first book of motivational passages, “Impossible is an Illusion” was released in June 2017 by Ravenswood Publishing to outstanding reviews. Dr. Semendinger’s first novel, “Scattering the Ashes” is being queried. In addition, Dr. Semendinger writes picture books. His first picture book for children “Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion” has been released to excellent reviews! The follow-up book in the Principal Sam series, “Principal Sam Gets Fit” was released in August 2017. “Principal Sam and the Three Bears” is currently in production. Children and adults alike absolutely love Principal Sam!
In addition to his published works, Dr. Semendinger’s original and unique history of the New York Yankees “The Least Among Them,” is also currently in editorial review. In additional to his published writing, Dr. Semendinger is the Editor-in-Chief of the popular Yankees blog, “Start Spreading the News.” This blog receives over 100,000 visits per year. Dr. Semendinger also frequently publishes on eduTopia and on this highly successful blog.
Dr. Semendinger leads an active life. He enjoys running and, to date, has completed twenty marathons including the New York City Marathon six times. Dr. Semendinger also plays competitive men’s softball and enjoys backpacking and hiking. He also plays the saxophone and piano (but wishes his skills in those areas were much (much) better.) (He’s working on it.) In his free time, Dr. Semendinger enjoys reading, travel, and passionately rooting for the New York Yankees.
Dr. Semendinger volunteers his time in many ways. Dr. Semendinger was a three-sport coach (baseball, basketball, and soccer) for sixteen years as his children grew up and was also active in the Boy Scouts where he designed and led outings to historical sites that included Gettysburg, Washington’s Crossing, Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York’s Central Park. Dr. Semendinger has also successfully led two Boy Scout crews through the two-week backpacking experience at Philmont Scout Ranch hiking treks of more than 90-miles.
Dr. Semendinger also is a daily contributor to the Radio Home Visitor (88.5 FM – Wilkes-Barre, PA) broadcast through King’s College. The Radio Home Visitor brings news to shut-ins in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. Most often Dr. Semendinger reads the daily health column and contributes an inspirational passage as well.
Readers interested in the history of photography should note that Dr. Semendinger is also a student of wet plate photography. A descendant of camera inventor August Semmendinger, Dr. Semendinger takes pride in maintaining a web page (www.semmendinger-camera.com) that focuses on August Semmendinger’s contributions to photographic history. Dr. Semendinger himself is an amateur photographer. He mostly enjoys taking original photographs in New York City. Some of his best works are available for purchase at Fine Art America.
More than all of this, a family man, Dr. Semendinger enjoys and greatly values the time he can spend as a husband and “Dad” with his wife and three sons. There is nothing he is prouder of than the fact that he is a good dad and husband.