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William (Bill) Strippoli was born on June 15, 1952 (Father’s Day) in Camden, New Jersey, which is directly across from Philadelphia. His parents, Frank and Rose, were 38 and 37 years old at the time, which was somewhat scandalous for the 1950s! His sister was 17 years old and about to enter her senior year of high school. His brother was 10½.
The Strippoli family lived in a middle-class neighborhood in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Families lived in row homes, which created a thriving neighborhood with many families and children of all ages. By the age of eight, Bill had been labeled by many of his peers and their parents as the “fat, sissy boy” of the neighborhood.
He completed two years at LaSalle College in Philadelphia (1970-1972). After a disastrous sophomore year, Bill withdrew from LaSalle and completed his undergraduate degree in accounting in June 1975 at Rutgers University in Camden while he worked full-time. Bill earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University in 1977, a Master’s Degree in Education – Educational Administration from the University of Pennsylvania (1990), and a Master’s Degree in Education – Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University (2005). He also completed thirty graduate credits from California State University Northridge in 2005, which was a requirement for becoming a credentialed high school English teacher. Bill was credentialed in California from 2005-2010. He earned each degree with highest honors, and completed his worked at Grand Canyon and Cal State Northridge with a 4.0 GPA.
Bill was a full-time, college accounting instructor from 1976-1981. He became a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey in 1981. He left full-time teaching and was employed Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA) from 1981-1990. He moved to Los Angeles in October 1990 to accept the initial position of Assistant Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs at the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine. Bill was employed at USC from 1990-2000, when he voluntarily resigned to become a credentialed teacher and to initiate his long-term plan of moving back to New Jersey to be near his sister (Marie) and special-needs nephew (Scott).
Bill was a part-time university adjunct instructor from 1982-2006. He was a high school English teacher from 2001-2007. Throughout his career in education, Bill had taught more than 12,000 students. He currently resides in Marlton, New Jersey. Bill hopes that his story will inspire anyone who has been the bullied, especially to embrace who they are, to love themselves, and to believe that equality is a right, not a gift. He hopes to inspire his readers to love and to accept themselves unconditionally.