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)
Completed the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership (2016-2018) through the Jesuit Schools Network
Brophy College Preparatory
English Teacher | Publications Advisor
Developed and taught courses 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
Dual enrollment courses through Rio Salado College: ENH 111, ENH 241, ENH 242, CRW 150
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)
Served as faculty moderator for twice-per-week after-school tutoring sessions at local elementary schools through the Loyola Project program
Served on various committees in service of school goals:
Principal’s Advisory Committee
Presented to colleagues at Colloquia and Symposia within the Jesuit Schools Network
Attended conference proceedings in a variety of interests areas: Associated Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
American English & Culture Program (AECP) | Arizona State University
Faculty Associate | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Other Teaching Experiences
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
Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Research Support, September 2004 - November 2005
Taught undergrad course Language in the USA in #1 rated Linguistics department in UK
Provided research support for media language project by linguist Colleen Cotter
Completed transcripts for London English Project led by linguist Jenny Cheshire
English Teacher/Counselor, June 2001 — July 2001 at A.C.L.E. (Association Culture Linguistic Educational), San Remo, Italy
Served in team of English-teaching counselors in language camps for Italian children
Completed intensive TEFL training course and received TEFL certification through A.C.L.E.
ESL Teaching Lab Assistant, June 2000 — August 2000 at English Language Institute, American University, Washington, D.C.
Taught low-level EFL lab sessions to a broad range of nationalities and ages using A/V and computer-aided lessons
Acted as Teacher’s Assistant for following ELI courses: Reading II, Writing Listening/Speaking II, Listening/Speaking III
Queen Mary University of London
MA by Research in Linguistics
With Distinction, 2004-2005
Magna Cum Laude, 2001 (GPA: 3.75)
Double Major: Linguistics and English (Writing Concentration)
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
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.