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My name is Jack Marine. 

When I was born, my parents lived at 1307 Paper Mill Road in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania. Erdenheim is a suburb of Philadelphia in Eastern Montgomery County. I do not know the name of my preschool, but I attended Erdenheim Elementary for my first year of kindergarten. I say first year because the following year I attended kindergarten again at the Oak Lane Day School, located in Glenside on Easton Road. That school moved to Blue Bell in 1963, when I was entering third grade and has coincidentlly shut down after this school year. I stayed at Oak Lane through fifth grade. My family moved into Philadelphia the same year. We moved from a spacious ranch to a spacious mansion. It was the largest house of anyone I knew and I had my own floor! My living area consisted of two bedrooms and a private full bathroom- all on the third floor of the house.

After leaving Oak Lane after completing fifth grade, I began attending Akiba Hebrew Academy in Merion. I stayed at Akiba through twefth grade, in 1974. I could write a book about my adventures in both schools. Looking back on my experiences in these twelve years, I know that a lot of the environmental part of "who I am" was created in these two schools. But I couldn't possibly begin to record these comments here.

After graduating high school, I attendec Boston University for two years and I completed my final two undergraduate years at The Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now Philadelphia University. After graduating college I lived in Tennessee for nine months, working for a clothing manuafcturer as an industrial engineer. I followed this position by going to work for my family's women's jeans business. I worked for Capital Pants Company from 1979 through 1997.  In 1985, I married my wife, Shelley and later had my son Maximilian in 1990 and my daughter Dakota in 1992.

In 1997, after our family business was liquidated and shut down, I went back to school at Cabrini College and earned my PA K-6 Certification, and later my Masters in Education. In 1998, I worked as a Teacher Assistant at The Shipley School. In 1999, I began teaching in the School District of Philadelphia. After three years, I resigned and began working at an area charter school. I taught in charter schools through this year. This fall I am starting a new job teaching at the Pen Ryn School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.

I live with my wife and daughter in Bala Cynwyd. My hobbies include backyard organic farming, junk and antique collecting, and recycling. Our son Max, who will be twenty in September, is starting his junior year at Temple in the fall. Our daughter Koty will be a senior at Lower Merion High School. Both of my wife's parents are deceased as is my father. But my mother Debbie Marine is 86 and still mentally alert! I have one sister, Hennie Shore, who's married to a dentist and lives nearby in Wynnewood.  At this point in my life, I have five turtles and several Madagascarian hissing cockroaches as pets.

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