I have been a history & social sciences teacher for nearly twenty-one years, first at Middletown, RI High School and for the last fifteen years as a tenured member of the Department of History & Social Sciences at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA. In that time I have grown as an educator because of knowledge and academic skills I acquired from the excellent faculty and staff I worked with during my undergraduate and graduate experiences at Rhode Island College. Their encouragement and guidance continues to motivate me to challenge myself professionally and to not simply settle for the present level of achievement. That motivation has led me to some quite enlightening and professionally challenging experiences.
In addition to being privileged to teach in a field I enjoy, I am currently an officer of the largest humanities and social sciences professional organization in the world, H-Net (www.h-net.org). I authored and presented a paper at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) on integrating technology into the history classroom, and thereby became the first pre-collegiate educator to be a presenter at the AHA in over a decade. In addition, I have been awarded teaching fellowships at numerous summer seminars and institutes including the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute Age of Lincoln Seminar at St. Catherine's College at Oxford University and the National Endowment for the Humanities World War I in British Culture seminar at University College, University of London . All of these have been superior opportunities for personal and professional growth and I have no doubt that these accomplishments would not have been possible without the superior education I received at RIC.
My association with RIC did not end when I completed the MAT in History in 1996. I remain a member of the RIC community in a variety of ways. I have taken graduate coursework with Prof. Christopher Abernathy in the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance to bolster my technical theatre credentials as the drama director for my school. Graduate courses in media literacy with Dr. Lesley Bogad and in educational technology integration through the Feinstein School of Education have expanded my understanding of how new media and technology continue to shape secondary education now and in the future. And, in honor of and tribute to my friend and mentor of so many years, historian Dr. Ridgway Shinn, I accepted an appointment to serve as a member of the Shinn Study Abroad Scholarship Awards Committee to continue Dr. Shinn's work to give RIC students the opportunity to experience the world and the educational opportunities that exist far beyond the borders of our little state.
I believe that the quality of education received by students at Rhode Island College is of the highest caliber and draws upon both the necessary traditional and most up-to-date tools, skills and methodologies. However, as with so many opportunities, this comes with a caveat. It is the student who makes the most of the education they receive at RIC, who takes every opportunity to succeed and does not settle for their present level of achievement who will truly represent the spirit of achievement and success that is embodied by Rhode Island College. If a first-generation college graduate such as myself can achieve what I have to this point in my career, think about how such successes can be multiplied by all of those who rise to the challenge of the educational opportunities available at RIC.Personal Web Page