It is pronounced Fon-DEE

Hey everybody.  My name is Joe Fonde.  It is pronounced Fon-DEE.  That is something I have had to do my entire life.   I have had people suggest that I use an accent mark on it, add another E, spell it with a “y” instead.  Obviously I have done of that and I just say it just like that whenever I meet somebody for the first time.

I am 39 years old.  I am the father of a 14 year old son, Joey.  I have an 11 year old daughter, Gillian and a 2 year old son, Elias.  They are my entire world.  I was in the Marine Corps for 8 years from 2000-2008.  I deployed to Iraq twice in that timeframe.  I got out of the Marine Corps and got a job.  It was a good Job.  The type you could retire from.  Problem was I got fired from it.  Long story-short.  It was personal.  It got me in school though and on to what I really want for myself.  To teach. I know I’ll be good at it because I am passionate about it.

It was my time in the Marine Corps that got me really interested in History as a profession. The Marines are big on history and tradition.  From 1775 until now, the Marines have been kicking ass and taking names.  You can ask the lowliest Private or the senior most general what is the most important thing to them being Marines. We all will say tradition and history.

I learned that if you are passionate about something you can not NOT be bad at it.  I love my kids and I know I am a good dad.  I loved every single second of being a Marine.  Even the shitty times, I still look back and miss it.  I was a good Marine too.  I know I will be a good teacher.

My capstone project will be related to that feeling.  I plan to research how and why members of the military chose their professions after serving the country.  My current path is one of necessity, but I know plenty of others who have barely eked out a living to some who have prospered quite nicely.

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