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Keith Reilly

Subject Expertise: American History
Education: MEd from Western Connecticut State University; BA in History from University at Albany
Hometown: Pearl River, NY, but lives in Hopewell Junction, NY today
Home Church: St. Columba Church, Hopewell Junction, NY

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.