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Michigan State University (History)
Eastern Michigan Uiversity,Ypsilanti, MI (Master's)
I am an experienced historian with a background focused specifically on American History. I have been a substitute teacher for K-12 and taught both American and European History at the community college level. I currently work as a historian for the National Park Service and volunteer with the Historical Society of Frederick County and Antietam National Battlefield.
I look forward to assisting your student as I am a strong believer in one-on-one education and enjoy the challenge of teaching outside of the classroom setting. Hello,
I am an experienced historian with a background focused specifically on American History. I have been a substitute teacher for K-12 and taught both American and European History at the community
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American history has been my passion since about age 9. Learning the history of my country has shown me what it means to be an American as well as the great responsibility we hold as American citizens.
I have a BA in American history from Michigan State University and an MS in historic preservation/battlefield interpretation from Eastern Michigan University. I briefly taught American History at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before moving to Maryland to take on a position with the National Park Service.
I continue to teach, however, as a volunteer with both the Frederick County Historical Society and Antietam National Battlefield.
Upon receiving my master's degree I started as an adjunct professor of history at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. There on top of my American and World History courses I also taught European History for two semesters.
European history is important as it was the epicenter of so many of history's movers and shakers, particularly those that would effect the western world. By studying European history we also get a sense of where the United States fits in to that complicated puzzle that is Europe and how we have affected each other over the generations.
I have been an active fencer for the last 15 years having competed in United States Fencing Association tournaments throughout high school and college, eventually earning a "C" ranking.
In college I was a member of Michigan State's Men's Foil team. I became the Foil Squad Captain my junior year and was elected the overall Men's Team Captain my senior year.
While I did not compete during my time working on my Master's degree I did assist my first coach in teaching homeschool students the great sport of fencing. I did this for three years before moving to Maryland.
Painting is a rewarding and fun past time that teaches patience, hand / eye coordination and control. While not a portrait painter, I have been an avid model painter for over 15 years and have competed in numerous local painting tournaments throughout that time.
I am happy to teach basic color usage, dry brushing, the proper care of paints and brushes, as well as highlighting and other techniques used regularly in painting.
Whether it's giving a speech, selling a product, or interpreting an exhibit, public speaking is the most direct form of public education and communication. It allows the speaker to captivate an audience and directly respond to that audience's questions or concerns.
I can help you do this as well. I have been involved in public speaking for over ten years now both as a volunteer and as a professional. My work as a historian has me speaking on a regular basis to the public and to professionals.
While a student at Michigan State University, I took numerous courses in the Parks and Recreation Department. The majority of these courses focused on public interpretation / public speaking. It was there that I was able to take the basic concepts of public speaking that I had learned over several years of volunteering while in high school and build on them with practical study and examples. Using this knowledge, I spent several seasons addressing the public as a National Park Service Ranger, speaking on a wide variety of subjects, and more recently have had the opportunity to speak at several historic conferences in front of an audience of my peers.
Reading, and thus reading comprehension, has been a large part of my life both in private and professionally. As a historian I am constantly reading for the purposes of discovering facts or trying to unravel the flowery drawn out styles of 18th and 19th century writers.
This has given me a deep appreciation of not only reading in general, but also how an author develops a work. How a book is written and how a reader comprehends the book is just as important as the actual information contained within.
I am happy to help you or your student with their reading skills or comprehension, be it for school, work, or just to help gain more understanding and enjoyment from reading as a whole.
I played soccer throughout my junior high and high school career and enjoyed intramural soccer in college. As a senior in high school I had the privilege of being one of my team's captains as well as the coach for my youngest brother's American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) team in Marshall, Michigan for two seasons.
As an adjunct history professor my first course was World History. While it is easy to become European or American focused in history, it is by looking at the history of the whole world, east and west, north and south, that really teaches us how interconnected humanity is. By understanding world history we can better find our place within the world.
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