Social Studies Teacher
M.A. History - Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania B.A. American Studies - Pennsylvania State University
"No matter where you go, there you are." - Anonymous
Phone: Phone: (406) 758 -8136
Where did you grow up? Long Island, NY. I spent summers in Vermont at a boys camp run by my parents. Water, forests, mountains and historical places figure prominently into my growing-up years.
Tell us about your family. My dad was a HS health teacher and later administrator and college professor. My mom stayed home and raised five kids. I have two brothers and two sisters. Three siblings are scattered throughout the country and one is living in India. My current family is my wife and best friend, Liann (who works here in the administration at Summit), and our son William , born 2000 (student, artist, baseball player, and part-time virtual warrior). I also have two grown daughters. Erin graduated from Oberlin College. She is a master gardener and writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer graduated from Smith College and lives with her family in Helena, Montana. She works for the State Attorney General, and her husband practices law in Helena. They have two children, Sage born in 2002, and Owen, born in 2006.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I've washed dishes, painted houses, worked on a farm, served as an ordinary seaman aboard a square-rigged ship, worked and lived in Africa, like to sing and can play the harmonica and love anchovies and hot peppers on my pizza.
Briefly describe your work experience. I started teaching in Chad with the Peace Corps, and eventually went back to Africa 10 years later (Tanzania) to teach and work on an educational development project. I have been teaching for more than 30 years primarily in high school social studies, but have also taught middle school and college level. In addition to social studies, I have taught French and Marriage and Family. I've coached swimming, soccer and lacrosse. My last job was teaching history and geography at the United Nations International School in New York City. I spent three summers as a raft guide on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I would be sailing on the Mediterranean Sea stopping frequently for long tramps through history and enjoying local cultures, especially foods.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Being outdoors. Hiking, boating, skiing, reading, or just sitting.
What draws you most to this type of work? I like the area. I love history and teaching. I believe knowledge is power, and the study of history helps us make sense of ourselves and our world. These are good things for young people to understand as they come to grips with who they are and where they are going. My love of history, teaching, and the outdoors come nicely together here.