Brophy College Preparatory

Chair of English Department


  • Led redevelopment of curriculum to expand elective offerings and allow juniors and seniors to study specific English subtopics together

  • Created the Fr. Renna Reading Room after the closure of the school library

  • Led the piloting, adoption, and rollout of several educational technologies: Membean (vocabulary), NoRedInk (grammar and writing), Albert (AP prep), CommonLit (reading), The Graide Network (writing feedback)

Brophy College Preparatory

English Teacher | Publications Advisor

2001-2004, 2007-present

  • Taught in three academic departments:

    • World Languages: Latin 1

    • Art: Contemporary Humanities, Contemporary Cinema

    • English: English 1, Honors English 1, English 2, Honors English 2, AP English Language & Composition, Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Developed a reputation as an English teacher who

    • Provides substantive and personalized feedback on student writing

    • Generates energy and excitement for the Language Arts through his own enthusiasm

    • Adopts, leverages, and evaluates emerging educational technology

  • Served as advisor to three important student organizations

    • Brophy Literary & Arts Magazine (BLAM) — oversaw the publication of eleven volumes, including a 2018 NSPA Pacemaker Award winning magazine (2009-present)

    • The Wrangler satire newspaper — oversaw the publication of over eighty editions (2009-present)

    • Peer Editing Network (PEN) — oversaw an online student-run writing center that provides actionable feedback on writing-in-progress (2014-present)

  • Spearheaded the creation of school chapters of

    • Poetry Out Loud national poem recitation contest (2010-present)

    • Movember Men’s Health Awareness month — National Championship in High School Fundraising for the Wispy Lips Challenge (2010-2017)

  • Co-founded and co-led immersion trips and exchanges:

    • Argentina — co-created exchange to Santa Fe, Argentina for twelve Brophy students for thirty days (2009, 2010)

    • European Art & Architecture Tour — co-led group of students to study art and architecture in London, Paris, Florence, and Rome (2013)

American English & Culture Program (AECP) | Arizona State University

Faculty Associate | Marketing & Communications Coordinator


  • Taught ESL courses in grammar and writing and English for Special Purposes (art and architecture)

  • Communicated directly with international students and prospective students and answered visa, application, and curricular queries

  • Coordinated marketing and advertising efforts on behalf of the university’s ESL program

  • Traveled to three cities in Taiwan to recruit international students for ASU and AECP


Queen Mary University of London

MA by Research in Linguistics

With Distinction, 2004-2005

Georgetown University


Magna Cum Laude, 2001


Damaso, John. (2005). The New Populist Dictionary: A computer-mediated, ethnographic case study of an online, collaboratively authored English slang dictionary. MA dissertation, Queen Mary, University of London.

Cotter, Colleen & Damaso, John. (2007). Online Dictionaries as Emergent Archives of Contemporary Usage and Collaborative Codification. Queen Mary Occasional Papers Advancing Linguistics (OPALS), Queen Mary, University of London.

Damaso, J. & Cotter, C. (2007). UrbanDictionary.com. English Today. 23 (2), 19-26. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078407002040

Damaso, John A. (2019). Mr. D, Is This, Like, a Real Word? Stories of a Linguist in a High School English Classroom. Teaching Language Variation in the Classroom: Strategies and Models from Teachers and Linguists, Eds. Michelle D. Devereaux, Chris C. Palmer, Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429486678


Georgetown University. Alumni Association Program Interviewer. 2016-2019

The Graide Network. Teacher Ambassador Program. 2019-present.

National Council for the Teachers of English. Arizona State Coordinator for REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Arts and Literary Magazines. 2017-2019.

Remind. Teacher Advisory Board. 2014-present.