University of Denver (History)
Dear Prospective Students:
I have a natural love of History and Politics that was enhanced by growing up in the colonial town of Williamsburg, VA. From my youngest days, I would walk to school through the colonial part of town. Often, one would see the people going to work in their colonial clothes. A favorite stop in the morning was at the colonial bakery that served the needs of the local taverns. There were many parades marking important events and demonstrations of different crafts and military exercises. By the time I was eight I was very interested in Archaeology because of the many excavations around town where I often witnessed history being pulled from the earth.
Instruction for Virginia history started in the third grade and was repeated twice more. In our area, Jamestown the first successful English settlement, and Yorktown, where the final battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, are only 15 miles away in opposite directions. Not only were there military engagements on Williamsburg soil in the Revolutionary War, there were significant Civil War battles fought in our area. Williamsburg was also the capital of Virginia where so many of the founding fathers such as, Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, George Washington, and others were familiar around town. Many important political meetings were held in Williamsburg before the capital was moved 60 miles to Richmond.
Later, I became interested in Western European and Russian history because of the three years more of World History given in Virginia schools. My interest in Classical History was the basis of my major at the University of Denver (although I have more than 30 credit hours of business classes also). Many do not know of the influences that the Greeks and the Romans have on our every day lives. From politics, law, and engineering their influence is invasive. I also furthered my familiarity with English, French, and Russian history, from my own curiosity of those subject matters, because of their influences on World and U.S. history. In fact, many of the same issues of ethnicity, language, territory, and political philosophy have repeated themselves to our era. The parallels are amazing. Currently, I am reading a book that was printed in 1882 and the main topic of discussion is the "Eastern Question". This is not only about Eastern Europe but, also Russia.
In politics, I was a registered lobbyist, worked for a Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and also worked on the successful campaign for the building of Coors Field in Denver. That is another story though.
My teaching experiences started in college as white water rafting instructor leading trips of forty students down the Colorado River when I was nineteen years old. After college, I was a ski instructor for ten years with the National Sport Center for the Disabled(NSCD) in Winter Park, CO. For eight of those ten years I was selected, one of a group of thirty from over 1000 instructors from the NSCD, for the prestigious honor of teaching children to ski that were associated with the Sunshine Kids of Houston in Aspen for a week. During my time with the NSCD, I also acquired membership with the Professional Ski Instructors of America. While teaching for the NSCD I taught students that had these issues: cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, blindness, brain damage, mental disability, amputation, autism, hemophilia, spinal injury, and juvenile delinquency.
My feeling about teaching is that one needs to assess the students individually and help build their skills by using their strengths to decrease or eliminate weaknesses. I do this by putting myself in the students place and remembering how I would like to be treated when learning something new. This is a simple, direct, and honest way of teaching that works.
Well, there you have it. I have a deep interest and love for History and Politics from a very young age and would like to pass on my education and experiences to others.
Mallory Dear Prospective Students:
I have a natural love of History and Politics that was enhanced by growing up in the colonial town of Williamsburg, VA. From my youngest days, I would walk to school through the colonial part of town. Often, one would see the people going to work in their colonial clothes. A favorite stop in the morning was at
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