University of Northern Iowa (Philosophy Religion)
I am a lifetime learner who enjoys kids!!! My wife and I home schooled our six children for 15 years. Following that, I worked part time as a substitute teacher at the local high school, and was a volunteer varsity football coach. When my sons were involved in the Boy Scouts, I was the Assistant Scoutmaster monitoring advancements. I taught several different merit badge classes including American Heritage, Bird Study, Mammals, Nature, and Sports. For a number of years I was a credentialed associate pastor at our local church where I frequently taught Sunday school including a six month long study of lessons learned from the Titanic disaster taught to a stalwart group of young men. All this was in the background of my 24 year career with Walmart Stores, Inc., mostly spent traveling store to store teaching and training in merchandising, mentoring associates, and developing efficient tools to facilitate learning in a diverse and fast paced work environment.
Though my college major was Philosophy and Religion, I have always had a passion for history. I am a ravenous reader and self-learner, with over 120 books on the American Civil War alone! I believe strongly in identifying the learning style of my students and tailoring my curricula to their aptitude. No two students are alike. My main goal is to instill a lifetime love of learning and appreciation for who we are an what we enjoy because of those who have gone before us. I love taking advantage of local historical points of interest, and make the subject very close and personal. Tools such as historical fiction, drama, field trips, oral presentations, and interviews with those who have "been there" all help bring the subject to life. Using crafts, building models, making posters, and even cooking bring all the senses of the student to bear on the subject. Ultimately, the student develops a relationship with the past, transforming facts into visceral experiences. In all this I function mainly as a collaborator, not an expert, to walk alongside in the learning process.
I am a lifetime learner who enjoys kids!!! My wife and I home schooled our six children for 15 years. Following that, I worked part time as a substitute teacher at the local high school, and was a volunteer varsity football coach. When my sons were involved in the Boy Scouts, I was the Assistant Scoutmaster monitoring advancements. I taught
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I graduated with honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. Since then I completed online classes qualifying me to be a licensed minister in a mainline Christian church in 2005. I have also extensively studied various religious movements, with an emphasis on the role of Judaeo-Christian values in American Culture.