I am passionate about teaching and learning more about American History. In my 21st year of teaching, I am constantly finding new information to help my students critically think about the past and looking for new methods to apply the information to the present. With the abundance of new sources available, it allows me to see the world from a variety of perspectives.
Professional Experience: Carmel Central School District, Carmel, NY; George Fischer Middle School (1996 – Present); 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher; Living History Education Foundation, Buchanan, NY; Master Teacher (2006 – Present); Trained teachers in Living History Techniques; Topics: French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Civil War and 19th century Base Ball
Personal Experience: Cross Country Runner in High School and College; 2-time Marathon Finisher; American Revolution Reenactor
Scholarly Interests: Vintage Baseball, Local History of Putnam County, NY
Honors and Awards: New York State Council for the Social Studies, Presenter; Gilder-Lehrman Scholarship Recipient; National Endowment of the Humanities Scholarship Recipient
Publications: Baseball: Made in New York - Social Science Docket, Winter-Spring 2011; Technology and Living History – NYSCSS Time and Place Summer 2011.
Recommended Reading: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 29:18 ~ "A man without a vision shall perish."
Favorite Music: Alternative Rock from the 1990's
Favorite Activities: Hiking with the family, playing guitar
Family Info: Wife AnnMarie and 3 children - Aidan, Caroline and Grace
What Matters: My family, friends and my students
Pet Peeves: Too much clutter bothers me
What I Like About FPU: I am grateful for the colleagues that I have become friends with and continue to learn and grow from their knowledge and experience.