The Man Behind The Chart

Atop Looking Glass Mountain

Atop Looking Glass Mountain


His business card reads “Systems•Mathematics•Writing”. These three areas are the focus of  his work. Now that he has retired from classroom teaching he is concentrating on getting out the word on the benefits of the X•Y Chart for our the new generation of students.

During his professional life he has balanced earning a living in the computer software field with teaching. The XY Chart™ is the result of a decade of wondering how to teach multiplication in an effective visual manner.

Joe is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently living out of a suitcase.  He is the father of five very independent children. He majored in German at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts; taught a semester of grade school in Cincinnati right out of college; directed a youth program for four years in Berlin, Germany as part of an intelligence assignment to bring down the Wall; taught high school for two years in Philadelphia; lectured in systems analysis and computer programming languages for three years at Miami University in Ohio;  taught computer science and algebra to students and offered computer training to teachers at Cincinnati Country Day School; taught algebra and programming at St. Patricks in Maysville, KY; Latin and German at St. Xavier H.S. in Cincinnati;  algebra and programming at the Asheville School.

When not on a teaching assignment, Joe worked as an independent programmer/analyst designing and programming systems for businesses in the United States, Canada, France, and Germany.

Before turning his attention to helping students master basic math, Joe created the “How Are You Feeling Today?” chart. This successful visual tool has helped millions identify their feelings. Now let them identify the products of single digit multiplication