SUNY College at Potsdam
SUNY College at Brockport (Master's)
I have always considered myself an educator. I began my education career at a small Catholic junior high school. At this school, my official duties were to teach 6-8 Social Studies, 6-8 Literature and 6th grade Religion. My smallest class was he 7th graders in which I had 43 students. I tried to give then all a personalized portion of time. Most importantly, I prided myself on getting to know the wants and needs as the kids had individually. Several of the children had been expelled from the area public schools due to behavior issues. I made special attempts to connect these people. I felt it was important to let them know someone cared about their futures.
I was sad to see the school close during my second year there. As I had already applied to SUNY College at Brockport for graduate classes, I decided to go full time to earn my Masters degree in American History. It was there that I became passionate about passing on what I was learning. The basic question for all Americans is how do I know who I am and where I'm going, if I don't know where I came from.
At Brockport my major was American History, with a concentration on 19th Century America. I was a graduate assistant for the Department Director and worked on several research papers that dealt with Local Rochester (Crime in Rochester's Dutchtown area, 1898-1900) and voting behavior in PostRevolution Pennsylvania. I found that the research helped me a great deal in learning how to collect and interpret data. It was only a short step to go from this type of research to family genealogy research.
Following graduation from Brockport, I found I could not find an American History position in a High School (too much education) or Colleges (too little education). I therefore went to work for Eastman Kodak as a computer operator. My education was recognized and I progressed rapidly from shift operator to shift supervisor. I learned rudimentary programming skills and moved off shift work and into a Technical Support team.
I became a Project Manager and found my 'business calling'. Here I was able to combine all the skills I had learned in my business career with the organization and education skills I had learned in college and from my teaching experience.
After 30 years in business I retired from IBM. Since that period I have continued my education through reading books. I continue to have the desire to teach at the personalized level and feel that I could help students with my experience, skills and education. I have always considered myself an educator. I began my education career at a small Catholic junior high school. At this school, my official duties were to teach 6-8 Social Studies, 6-8 Literature and 6th grade Religion. My smallest class was he 7th graders in which I had 43 students. I tried to give then all a personalized portion of time. Most
I have a Master's Degree in American History. Classes involved with this were basic American History classes. In depth classes in Post-Constitution years, Pre-Civil War, Civil War classes, Reconstruction, Turn of the century, World War I, Between the wars, World War II, Cold War and Viet Nam. In depth research done on Cheyenne Indians, Voting Behavior in Pennsylvania, Crime in Rochester, NY, and several on the American Civil War.
I worked for IBM for 20 years as a Senior Project Manager & Department Manager. As a project manager, my specialty was helping out projects having issues. In a 3 year period, I was responsible for getting 3 service contracts renewed, thus making IBM Global Services $70.2M. During the 20 years I took 350 hours of PM classes, I was Certified as a Project Manager Professional. I also took classes in MS Office products. Management and Business Processes.