A little about me...
I became a teacher so that I could make a positive impact on my community. I have been Blessed to teach in the Rootstown community for over 20 years and appreciate the opportunity to share my love of history with my students.
I have two Bachelor's Degrees; the first from The Ohio State University in History (minor in English) the second from The University of Akron in Secondary Education concentration in History and English/Language Arts. In addition I have earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Education (also from U of A).
I grew up experiencing history first hand through family vacations that involved walking Civil War battlefields, touring historic places like St. Augustine, Florida, visiting many National Parks, and of course sightseeing in Washington D.C. These experiences form the core of my beliefs as teacher. History is much more than memorization of names and dates. To truly study history is to recognize trends, patterns, and relationships. Historians analyze events, using primary and secondary sources, then draw conclusions based on the evidence in the historical record. The study of history involves lots of reading, analytical thinking, and writing. I want to encourage students to "think like historians". Hopefully, students will learn to form opinions based on fact and express those opinions in a constructive way.