In addition to university coursework in various aspects of American History, I have been actively involved for many years in purely personal research that has focused on the colonial era, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
I was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Correction for 32 years. My career included substance-abuse counseling, assessment and classification of new receptions, operation of inmate employment office at SCI-Camp Hill, policy development and training, preparation of ACA institutional accreditation of three different facilities, training of entry-level through executive staff in a variety of subjects (e.g., basic computer principles, inmate classification, basic correctional practice, counseling), and operation of staff-resident units within three institutions. I provided daily supervision and training to counselors and correctional officers over a seven-year period before moving on to an office job in community corrections where I screened and processed applications for inmate assignment to halfway houses.
As an elementary teacher, I was responsible for inventory and maintenance of instructional resources for grades K-7. In later years, I was a volunteer instructor for amateur-radio classes that included elementary-age students.
I was well known during my elementary-teaching career for effectiveness in teaching basic English grammar, spelling, and writing. As a state employee, I edited a variety of documents that required very precise grammar.
My undergraduate thesis in college dealt with European history, specifically the events that led up to the revolutions of the late 1840's and the aftermath of those events. I am active in genealogical research, for my own family and others, which encompasses virtually the whole of Europe. In order to properly look into genealogies of the various countries and regions, it is necessary to have a good grasp of historical background.
I have worked with computers since the time of the earliest PCs up through the current generation of multi-processor units -- everything from various "flavors" of BASIC to MS-DOS to Windows 7. I taught diverse groups within the PA Department of Corrections how to use PCs and to navigate through specialized applications for inmate tracking, record-keeping, etc. I'm skilled at word processing and report generation.
I have taught geography classes in 4th through 12th grades. My activity in amateur radio (which involves worldwide communications) and genealogy keep me "sharp" in that area. I have also personally traveled throughout the USA, Canada, Ireland, and a few other places.
Government & Politics
In addition to university studies in government and politics, constant awareness of related issues was necessary throughout my long career in state government. I always kept up with ramifications of current and proposed law, as well as Federal court decisions, in order to avoid legal liability. I edited various policies and manuals in order to keep them current with legal trends. I also drew up reports to answer legislative and judicial inquiries.
Written communications with others needed to be clear and concise in my former duties which involved halfway-house placement. I also drew up reports to accurately tabulate and interpret trends. A large part of my mentoring of other state employees involved proper use of grammar in oral and written communications.
During my career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, I used Outlook to keep track of my own schedule, maintain communications with other personnel, and to organize schedules within two different work units. I still use it to track my own schedule and to keep in touch with almost everybody in my personal and work lives.
I have used MS Windows since Version 3.0. I am primarily a user of Windows 7 at present. I have a decent command of skills required to maintain computer security, as well as to protect against viruses and malware.
I have actively used Microsoft Word for many years and have helped others to navigate it, both professionally and in order to help various friends who have run into problems with it. Microsoft Word was the primary vehicle for preparing the frequent reports for which I was responsible while I was working at the Region-1 Office, Bureau of Community Corrections, PA Department of Corrections.
My university education equipped me to teach world history in grades K-12. I also earned my way through college, partly by tutoring other college students in related subjects. I am still actively involved in genealogical research that requires knowledge of various countries and regions.
I have some journalistic experience and training, wrote a variety of operational manuals during my career with the PA Department of Corrections, and worked my way through college by typing term papers and theses (and also by working on graphic material for them).