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)
Brophy College Preparatory
English Teacher | Club Advisor
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 and leverages 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
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
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
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and LEADERSHIP
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.
The Graide Network. Teacher Ambassador Program. 2019-present.