Degrees and Certifications:
BS - Secondary Education (History Double Major) University of Scranton 2002 Cum Laude MA - Social Studies (History) Montclair State University 2007 Certification - Teacher of Social Studies 7-12
What motivates me to teach is my simple joy of sharing my love of history with my students. Since I was a boy, I have enjoyed reading and learning about history. I have many memories of traveling with my family to historic sites like Civil War battlefields, railroad museums, and Colonial Williamsburg. In high school, I was inspired by the passion of one of my teachers to think about education as a profession. His joy and love for the subject moved me to choose secondary education and history as a double major in college. I hope that I am able to bring that same passion to my classroom and wish that my teaching inspires students to become passionate about history.
I try to make the environment of my classroom a welcoming atmosphere. The teacher’s desk is not the center of the room. In fact the seating arrangements change so frequently that the center changes almost daily. One day the focus could be on small groups, the next on the Smart Board, on others it can be class discussion. Mixing it up can break routines that can stigmatize student learning. I try to reach out to all the students in every class and encourage them to share the viewpoints they have. I make an effort to relate the material to their everyday lives by comparing the content to situations they can understand. In addition, I try to bring some fun to the class by interjecting humor to the content. If a funny story or a joke can help a student remember the material, then I will use it.