Degrees and Certifications:
Masters of Arts - History [University of Colorado - Colorado Springs] Bachelor of Science - Secondary Education/Social Studies [University of Colorado - Colorado Springs]
"Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" - John Milton Areopagitica 1664
"A native of New Jersey I moved to Colorado Springs while I was attending college, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies. I started my teaching career at West Junior High School in D-11 in 1983; where I taught until 1987 when I moved to Coronado High School. I have been teaching history and government at General William J. Palmer High School since 1989. I completed my Master of Arts in History degree at UCCS in 2001. I have been teaching in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) program at Palmer since 1992, and in addition to teaching in the program I am an assistant examiner for History of the Americas. While the majority of my career at Palmer has been teaching in the IB program I am the Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator for Palmer. I help to sponsor SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance club at school and enjoy the diversity and history of the school. For the 2021-22 school year, I will serve as the president of the National Council for the Social Studies www.socialstudies.org
I have always been intrigued by the currents of history, especially the history of those that oftentimes do not appear in the pages of most history textbooks. While the past may not always serve as a guide to the future - it does begin to explain how we arrived at the present. History after all is the story of us...no matter who the "us" is. Through the years I have come to appreciate the history of not only the United States but more importantly, the history of our neighbors - Canada and Mexico. And I have much to learn!
My two daughters are proud Palmer High School graduates. My eldest daughter graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is a pre-school teacher at West Elementary; and the youngest from the University of Colorado - Denver and is a theater arts teacher at the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy.
While I am not teaching I can be found keeping busy with a number of things. I love white-water rafting, reading, cooking, and being around friends and family. I am a men's lacrosse official and officiate college, high school, and youth lacrosse games. I enjoy hiking, and cycling - and am a big fan of old school rock and roll, rhythm and blues music - especially bands from New Jersey!"
'But, glad to leave these ecclesiastical fires and blunders, I joyfully return to the immortal truth and immortal beauty of Nature.' - John Muir