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    INTRODUCTION

    The Rockland BOCES American History Grant Moodle site will be used to document training sessions, field trips etc.

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    THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE May 22, 2012

    PRESENTER

    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION

     Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

    RESOURCES


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    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT - March 25, 2012

    PRESENTER

    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION

     Part 1  Part 2  Part 3    Part 4  

    RESOURCES


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    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT - March 18, 2012

    PRESENTER

    "Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is an historian, lecturer and award winning author who has written biographical books on two well known 19th century women. She earned a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire and also holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Simmons College (1980); an M.B.A. from Northeastern University (1986); and an M.A. from Simmons College (1995)." (Source)

    Harriet Tubman Website

    PRESENTATION

    Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
     Part 4

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    TRIBES OF THE PLAINS & WESTWARD EXPANSION - March 12, 2012

    PRESENTER

    Perry Ground - Native American speaker whose presentation will focus on the tribes of the Plains as Westward Expansion takes over their homelands and on the way that the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) adapt to a changing world. 


    PRESENTATION

     Part 1  Part 2    Part 3
     Part 4  Part 5  Part 6


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    DOMESTICITY, FEMINISM and the DEBATE OVER WOMEN'S ROLES IN AMERICAN SOCIETY - March 1, 2012

    PRESENTER

    Carol Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University where she won the Bancroft Dissertation Award. She is Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY. She teaches early American and women’s history.

    Her publications include:  Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist (1974); First Generations: Women of Colonial America (1996); A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution (2001), Revolutionary Mothers:Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2004), and Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009).  more...

    PRESENTATION

     Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

    Steve Schwartz - Primary Source Documents and Women's Roles

    PRESENTER

    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION

     Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  

    RESOURCES

    1. Women's Role in 19th Century Society - PDF
    2. Women's Role in 19th Century Society - PPT Presentation

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    LABOR UNIONS - February 16, 2012

    PRESENTER

    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION

     Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
    Part 4 Part 5

     RESOURCES

    1. Unionism Presentation Handout.pdf
    2. Unionism The Development of Unions.pptx
    3. Unionism The Strike Powerpoint.pptx



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    PRIMARY SOURCES ~ LIBRARIANS - February 2, 2012

    PRESENTER
    Garet Livermore - Vice President for Education, New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum
    Email: garet@nysha.org
    M.A. Teachers College of Columbia University
    B.A. State University College at Purchase
    museum experience

    - Coordinator, Seminars on American Culture, NYSHA, 1999-2002
    - Board Member, Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, 1999–Present
    - Supervisor of School Programs, Shelburne Museum, 1987–1998
    - President, Vermont Museum & Gallery Alliance, 1995–1997
    - Consultant, Scholastic Publishing, 1995–1997
    - Consultant, State of Vermont, Department of Education, 1993–1998

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

     Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
     Part 4  Part 5  Part 6



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    THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION II - January 17, 2012

    PRESENTER
    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION

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    IMMIGRATION AFTER 1870 - PRIMARY SOURCES  - January 12, 2012


    PRESENTERS:

    JDJulie Daniels is the Coordinator of Educational Programs at the New York State Archives. She administers a state-wide student research award program, promotes and manages grants for the educational use of local government records, oversees the development of award winning educational websites and publications, participates in state and national professional development opportunities for educators, and curates the Archives History Happened Here kiosks located in NYS Thruway travel plazas across the state. Julie is a trained archivist and records manager and is certified to teach grades 7-12 social studies.

    Awards: National Council for History Education, Paul Gagnon Award for History Education Promotion, 2010; Capital District Council for the Social Studies, Partner in Education Award, 2007.

    Jessica Maul is an educational consultant for the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. She uses primary sources found at the State Archives and other repositories to develop educational resources for teachers. Jessica is also a professional archaeologist and researcher with extensive experience on prehistoric and historic era sites in New York and Virginia.

    Jessica has a B.A. in History and Anthropology, an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary and is certified to teach grades 7-12 social studies.

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

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    Industrial Revolution - Records & Documents - Nov 30th, 2011

    PRESENTER
    Robert W. Arnold, III - Teacher, Consultant, Lecturer
    Government Records Services, New York Archives


    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

     Part 1  Part 2


    Moodle Presentation


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    Indian Policy & Primary Source Documents - October 27th, 2011

    PRESENTER
    Steven Schwartz, Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, served as Supervisor of Social Studies and Social Studies teacher in NYC for over thirty-three years. He received numerous awards and was past president of the Social Studies Supervisors Association of NYC. Since 1997 he has worked at the Gilder Lehrman Institute developing classroom appropriate materials, conducting professional staff development sessions and coordinating summer seminars.

    PRESENTATION
    The PPT slides and primary source snippets have been embedded into the presentation -- you will see them as you watch the video... The Powerpoint and PDF are also included in RESOURCES section below the videos.

    Part 1 Part 2


    RESOURCES

    1. Primary Source Documents PDF
    2. Powerpoint Presentation


    LESSON PLANS


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    INDIAN POLICY - WESTWARD EXPANSION - October 5, 2011

    Presenter

    FixicoPic Donald L. Fixico is the Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. A former Newberry Fellow and Ford Fellow, he is the author of American Indians in a Modern World (2008), Daily Life of Native Americans in the Twentieth Century (2007), The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge (2003), The Urban Indian Experience in America (2000), The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: Tribal Natural Resources and American Capitalism (1998), and Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960 (1986). He is the editor of the three-volume Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty (2007) and Rethinking American Indian History (1997).

    Author of American Indians in a Modern World (2008) -- examines the persistence of American Indian culture in a world of explicit antagonism and rapid modernization. Surveying the many facets of Indian life, from tribal ceremonies to Indian humor and gaming tables, Donald L. Fixico shows how Indian nations have survived threats to their culture and their very existence by relying on a flexible mix of traditional and modern values, enabling them to adapt to a world of airplanes, cities, and the Internet. Fixico looks deeply at Indian culture in its inescapable confrontation with the modern world: the formation of tribal governments in the 1930s, the service of thousands of Indians in World War II, the development of activist movements, the evolution of Indian artistic traditions, and efforts to balance traditional and modern education. American Indians have survived and often thrived in a rapidly changing world, he observes, because of their cultural resilience. (from Amazon.)

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

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    Part 3
    Part 4

    RESOURCES

    1. Grant Peace Policy.ppt
    2. HST338 Turner 012405.ppt
    3. Jacksonian Indian Removal.ppt
    4. Syllabus HST 598 Fa2011.doc
    5. Syllabus Spr 2011.doc
    6. Turner Thesis FrederickJacksonTurner.html
    7. War Policy.ppt

     


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    NEW YORK AN INDUSTRIAL CENTER - SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

    Presenter

    Kenneth T. Jackson - Professor of History at Columbia University and President of the New York State Historical Society. The Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has also been Chairman of the Department of History, Kenneth T. Jackson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and served for three years as an officer in the United States Air Force before joining the Columbia faculty in 1968. He has served as president of the Urban History Association (1994-1995), the Society of American Historians (1998-2000), the Organization of American Historians (2000-2001), and the New-York Historical Society (2001-2004), and he has been a featured guest of the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, ABC Nightline, CBS Up to the Minute, CNN, the History Channel, and more than three dozen documentaries. In 1989, the students of Columbia honored him as teacher of the year and gave him their 28th annual Mark Van Doren Award for "humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership." In 1996, Columbia President George Rupp appointed him co-chairman of the University's 250th anniversary commemoration. In 1999, the Society of Columbia Graduates chose Professor Jackson for its annual Great Teacher Award. In 2001, the New York Council for the Humanities selected him as New York State Scholar of the Year. Jackson also holds more than two dozen other awards, including four honorary degrees. (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lehmancenter/about_director.html)

    PRESENTATION VIDEO

    New York, An Industrial Center


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    The DeWint House - June 9th, 2011

    To learn more about the DeWint Housevisit the website.

    VIDEO TOUR:

    The DeWint House Video Tour  The DeWint House Images


    THE REAL GEORGE WASHINGTON - National Geographic Videos

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    PART 2:





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    THE ATLANTIC ECONOMY- MAY 3, 2011

    Presenter

    jfJeffrey A. Fortin, Professor of History, SUNY Oneonta
    As a historian of early America and the Atlantic World, my research and teaching interests are vast. However, my focus is on race and identity formation from the mid-eighteenth through to the mid-nineteenth centuries. My dissertation examines how British and American officials used forced migration -- or, removal -- to control problematic social, cultural and racial groups. I also study the formation of Diasporas that resulted from these removals, chronicling how targeted groups reconstructed their identities, societies, and cultures in the face of adversity. By chronicling the experiences of removed groups -- such as the Acadians, Maroons, and Africans -- my work criss-crosses the currents of the Atlantic ocean, demonstrating how the events in one region could have significant consequences for another region of the littoral.

    My teaching also attempts to step outside the traditional nationally oriented historical narratives by encouraging students to seek an alternative explanation of American history, set against the backdrop of the larger Atlantic World. Together, through the examination of primary sources, scholarly essays and monographs, web-based materials, and class discussions, we explore and interpret the events of the past. My goal as a teacher, mentor, and intellectual travel guide is for each student to arrive at their own interpretation of the past -- one that is grounded on rigorous scholarly inquiry. (Bio from: http://employees.oneonta.edu/fortinja/)

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Part 5


    ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES


    • The Atlantic Economy Presentation Powerpoint - Download



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    NEW YORK STATE ARCHIVES - APRIL 13, 2011


    JDJulie Daniels is the Coordinator of Educational Programs at the New York State Archives. She administers a state-wide student research award program, promotes and manages grants for the educational use of local government records, oversees the development of award winning educational websites and publications, participates in state and national professional development opportunities for educators, and curates the Archives History Happened Here kiosks located in NYS Thruway travel plazas across the state. Julie is a trained archivist and records manager and is certified to teach grades 7-12 social studies.

    Awards: National Council for History Education, Paul Gagnon Award for History Education Promotion, 2010; Capital District Council for the Social Studies, Partner in Education Award, 2007.

    Jessica Maul is an educational consultant for the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. She uses primary sources found at the State Archives and other repositories to develop educational resources for teachers. Jessica is also a professional archaeologist and researcher with extensive experience on prehistoric and historic era sites in New York and Virginia.

    Jessica has a B.A. in History and Anthropology, an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary and is certified to teach grades 7-12 social studies.

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3 Part 4
    Part 5 Part 6
    Part 7 Part 8
    Part 9


    ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES



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    SLAVERY IN NEW YORK - March 8, 2011

    Presenter
    Alan SingerAlan Singer has a Ph.D. in U.S. history fAlan Singer Bookrom Rutgers University. In Hofstra University's School of Education and Allied Human Services, he is a professor of secondary education and the director of social studies education. Singer is a former New York City high school social studies teacher and is editor of Social Science Docket, a joint publication of the New York State and New Jersey Councils for the Social Studies. He is also the author of Social Studies for Secondary Schools (Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 2nd edition, 2003) and editor of a 268-page secondary school curriculum guide, New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance.

    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

    PART 1- Exploding Myths about Slavery in New York

    PART 2 - Students develop Walking Tours of Lower Manhattan Who Should We Commemorate? (Provides discussion model for students in defining criteria for honoring people)

    PART 3 - Who Should We Commemorate?
    Role of Slavery in New York's and the Nation's Capitalist System

    PART 4 - Illegal Atlantic Slave Trade with NYC at its Center

    PART 5 - Illegal trade cont'd - Sugar Plantations as an Example Role of Churches

    PART 6 - Teaching Strategies


    ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

    1. Alan Singer's Powerpoint Presentation
    2. Glogster Poster
    3. Create a Walking Tour with Google Maps - Tutorial

    How to Create a "My Map" in Google Maps


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    THE JAMESTOWN PROJECT - DECEMBER 6, 2010

    The Jamestown Project: A lecture by Karen Ordhal Kupperman, a scholar on the Atlantic world in the 16th and 17th century, addresses the colonial time period to provide us with “food for thought” and leads us through an activity to apply our knowledge and develop resources for our Moodle.

    KarenOrdahlKuppermanKaren Ordahl Kupperman's scholarship focuses on the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is author, most recently, of The Jamestown Project (2007) on the founding of Jamestown in the context of England's engagement with the Atlantic world. Her book, Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America (2000) won the American Historical Association's Prize in Atlantic History. Her Providence Island, 1630-1641: The Other Puritan Colony (1993) won the Albert J. Beveridge Award. Kupperman is currently working on two projects: a book on the Atlantic world and a scholarly edition of Richard Ligon's True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados (1657, 1673).

    Readings for Teacher session with Karen Kupperman

    These all come from a toolbox created by the National Humanities Center, for which I was one of the consultants. The toolboxes are intended for use in in-service training for teachers and these teachers should find all of them useful. I have selected some texts and images from the toolbox on American Settlement, 1492-1690, and all come from the Settlement tab. I selected texts that deal with Jamestown, but the teachers will find many of the texts in this collection very good. The images are also spectacular.

    PRESENTATION VIDEO

    Part 1 of 1


    ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

    1. The first months of the Jamestown colony, and artifacts
    2. "Starving time" in Jamestown - Servitude and hunger in Jamestown, 1623
    3. Instructions to Jamestown settlers, 1607, and map
    4. On Saving Jamestown, 1624
    5. John Frethorne's Letter to His Parents- PDF - WORD - Vodcast
    6. Framed Character / Plot Chart - PDF - Inspiration
    7. Guide for Cross-Disciplinary Application - Blank PDF - Directions PDF - Inspiration
    8. Event Story Pyramid - PDF - Inspiration
    9. Story Map - PDF - Inspiration


    Historic Jamestown Video

    Visit Historic Jamestown Video Clip



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    THE IROQUOIS - OCTOBER 16, 2010

    The Story of the Most Influential Native American Confederacy of the Colonial Era

    Presenters

    T. ShannonTimothy J. Shannon is Chairperson of History at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. Professor Shannon teaches Early American, Native American and British history. He is the author of Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (2008), Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America (2004), and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (2000), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. He is also co‐author with Victoria Bissell Brown of Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in Early American History (second edition, 2008). His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, and Ethnohistory. He is currently working on a biography of eighteenth‐century Indian captive Peter Williamson.

    John Buchinger is the Associate Director of Education New York Historical Association responsible for overseeing the manager of statewide programs. Provide outreach and instruction to students and professional development for teachers across New York State. Developed current video conference initiative to a national level providing over 100 programs a year to more than 15 states and Canada. Develop marketing materials for statewide initiatives. Develop collection based and exhibit based resources for teachers.


    PRESENTATION VIDEOS

    Part 1 - Timothy Shannon


    Part 2- Timothy Shannon

     Part 3 - John Buchinger



    ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

    1. Workshop Agenda
    2. Timothy Shannon - Powerpoint Presentation PDF
    3. Treaty of Lancaster - What - How PDF
    4. Treaty of Lancaster PDF
    5. John Buchinger - Powerpoint Presentation PDF
    6. Primary Source Graphic Organizer PDF
    7. Primary Source Use Rules PDF document

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    OUR TEAM

    • TEACHERS

      Erica Johnson-Abrahams - Pomona Middle School, East Ramapo Central School District
      I am currently an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Pomona Middle School. I teach honors and regents level students American History beginning with the reconstruction era to present day. In 2008, I taught U.S. History and Government, Economics, and Participation and Government to 11th and 12th grade students in our district’s Twilight Academy. I began my teaching career at Pomona Middle School 11 years ago. I attended SUNY Cortland for my undergraduate studies and earned my B.A. in Secondary Social Studies and Sociology from SUNY Cortland in 2000. I later went on to study the needs of Special Education students at Long Island University and earned my Masters in Education in 2003. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the TAH grant.

      Donna Avino - Spring Valley High School, East Ramapo Central School District
      I am a social studies teacher at Spring Valley High School. I began my career in a progressive Brooklyn high school, where I became involved in the American Social History Project. This experience inspired me to experiment (not always perfectly) with document based teaching and student centered work. I am a graduate of the University of Buffalo, Teacher's College of Columbia University and am taking my last class for my administration degree at The College of New Rochelle. I have been advocating for this grant for a long time and am thrilled to be a participant in this project.

      Marilyn Berta, Clarkstown
      For the past 23 years I have been teaching in the Clarkstown Central School District.  Currently, I am teaching AP US History.

      Richard Burger - 11th Grade U.S. History and Government - Ramapo Central   
      I have been teaching for 5 years. I teach U.S. History and Government and Participation in Government at Suffern High School. I previously taught 7th grade U.S. History ay Pomona Middle School. I have my B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University. I have my M.A. in 7-12 Social Studies from Fordham University.

      Lindsay Cherry - Hilltop - BOCES   
      I am in my fifth year of teaching at Rockland BOCES. I have been teaching Social Studies for the past 3 years to middle school students(6-8) with emotional disabilities.

      Sean Cotter - A. MacArthur Barr Middle School - Nanuet   

      I am currently an eighth grade teacher in the Nanuet School District. I have been co-teaching with the social studies department as a special education teacher for the past six years. My co-teacher Bryn Sonin's love and dedication for history has sparked my own love for history. I am excited to be apart of the TAH grant.

      Jacqueline DiNuzzo - Nyack High School - Nyack School District   

      I teach U.S. History Honors, U.S. History Lab, and Participation in Government at Nyack High School. This is my fourth year at Nyack High School. Previous to this year, I also taught U.S. History Regents Level and Economics. I am also certified to teach Special Education grades 7-12.

      Patty Eyer - Library Media Specialist - South Orangetown
      Born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Patricia Eyer graduated from Hershey Senior High School with the distinction, “Most Likely to Daydream.” She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from William Paterson University and a Masters of Library Science as well as a Master of Science of Education from Long Island University. She began her library career as the Children’s Librarian at the Haworth (New Jersey) Municipal Library, went on to become a Library Media Specialist and is currently a Library Media Specialist for a Middle School in Rockland County.

      Maria Erardy -  Rockland BOCES - DB
      I am a teacher for Rockland BOCES. This is a career change for me, I was a teaching assistant for Rockland BOCES before I pursued a career as a teacher. Prior to this I worked in the business. This is my 3rd year teaching. My class is located in Lakewood Elementary School in the Clarkstown Central School Distritc. I teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

      Erik Erichsen - 5th grade Social Studies and ELA - A. MacArthur Barr Middle School - Nanuet School District

      I have been part of the district since the Fall of 1999, teaching 3rd grade prior to moving up to 5th grade. Before coming to Nanuet, I was a 3rd grade teacher at PS 62 in the Bronx for three years. I did my undergraduate and graduate work at New Paltz, with a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

      John Fitzpatrick - NRHS - NRCSD
         
      BA (History)SUNY Albany 1980 MA(War, Peace & International Relations) SUNY Albany 1982 CAS SUNY New Paltz (Supervision and Adminstration) 1992; Undergraduate-Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer 1979-1982;Teacher/Sp.Ed. Coordinator 1982-1990 Chelsea Vocational HS NYC Special Education-History; NYC Board of Education Transitional Services 1990-1991 Teacher/Vocational Program Evaluator; Assistant Principal Sp.Ed. Murry Bergtrum HS 1991-1998; District Coordinator Sp.Ed. Secondary Level Nyack SD 1998-1999
      Teacher Sp.Ed./History NRHS (Railroad Ave Extension) 1999-pres.

      Jared Gelb - Suffern HS - Ramapo CSD   
      I'm the department chairperson at Suffern HS, and I teach AP U.S. History and AP Government & Politics. This is my 15th year teaching: 9 years at Suffern, 6 years before that at Ramapo HS in the East Ramapo district. I have a B.A. in Political Science and History from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Teaching from Boston University, and an M.S. in Educational Administration from College of New Rochelle. I'm also a father of 3 children.

      Christina Hohner - Clarkstown High School North - Clarkstown 
        
      I joined the district in 2008 as a teaching assistant. I am currently a first year teacher, teaching U.S. History and Government. I have a MA in Teaching from Saint Thomas Aquinas College, a MA of International Relations and MA of International Communications from Maquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

      Marie Horowitz - Chestnut Ridge Middle School - East Ramapo Central School District   
      I am an 18 year teaching veteran. I currently teach 7th grade Social Studies to students of various abilities. I am a proud mother of two children.

      Dina Kalmeta - Clarkstown High School North - Clarkstown

      I joined Clarkstown High School North as a history teacher in 2007 after graduating from St. Tomas Aquinas College. I was a product of the Clarkstown Central School District and was delighted to go back and teach at my old high school. I currently teach global 9 and 10, but am excited to see all the wonderful aspects of US history from the TAH program.

      Lydia Lestrade - Pomona - East Ramapo   
      My name is Lydia Lestrade. I am a seventh grade social studies teacher at Pomona Middle School. I am now entering my twenty- sixth year of teaching. I began my career in the New York City Parochial schools in the 1980s. In 1989 I joined the NYC Public Schools where I taught for twelve years before I moved to the suburbs in 2001. I earned my BS Ed from City College in 1985, and my MA from Pace University in 1987. In 2004, I completed MS Ed in Education Administration.

      Charle Lieberman - East Ramapo
      Charles Lieberman teaches 12 Grade AP Government and Politics, 11 Grade AP US History and Government, and 11 Grade US History and Government for the East Ramapo School District.

      Jennifer Lorenzo - Social Studies Teacher - Nyack Middle School - Nyack School District
      I teach seventh grade social studies at Nyack Middle School. I love teaching American History and also visiting sites that relate to American History. I am very excited to participate in the Teaching American History grant. The activities that are planned sound really interesting.

      Dominick Martiniello - Suffern High School - RCSD  
       
      I'm the Library Media Specialist for the Suffern High School, grades 9-12. I have been a teacher for approximately 10 years. Prior to teaching I was a financial analyst. History has always been of interest to me and I am happy to be a part of the TAH grant.

      William McAuliffe - 5th grade teacher - Cottage Lane Elementary  - South Orangetown CSD
      For the last eight years (2003-present) I have been a 5th grade teacher at Cottage Lane Elementary in the South Orangetown CSD. I have taught Social Studies, Science and ELA to general education, special education and gifted/talented students. In addition to teaching at Cottage Lane I currently coach freshman baseball for Tappan Zee Highschool. Prior to teaching at Cottage Lane I taught at PS21 in the Bronx from 1998-2003. During my tenure at PS21 I taught 2nd through 5th grade students. I graduated from Manhattan College in 1994 with my BA in Economics, earned my Masters in 2000 from the City College of New York in Elementary Education and earned my certificate in School/District Administration from College of St. Rose in 2007.

      Kathleen McGuire - Highview Elementary - Nanuet   
      I am currently teaching fourth grade. I have been teaching for eleven years. I grew up in Nanuet and graduated from Nanuet High. Before coming back to Nanuet I worked a year in the Bronx teaching 1st grade.

      Tricia McNab - Ramapo High School - East Ramapo Central School District   
      I have been teaching for 15 years in the East Ramapo Central School District. I thought at Pomona Middle School for four years and the rest has been at Ramapo High School. I currently teach Global History and Geography and American History and Government.

      Maureen McNamara-Bigelow - Clarkstown High School South - Clarkstown
      I am finishing my sixth year of teaching. I teach mostly U.S. History and Government, but I also teach 9th grade Global Studies. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; not too far from where I spent my first couple years teaching.

      Mary Pavelchak - Social Studies - Nanuet Senior High School - Nanuet School District
      I am currently teaching ninth grade Global History and Geography, and eleventh grade United States History and Government. My own high school Social Studies teachers inspired me to explore the fields of history and education. I look forward to working with this project and creating more ways for us to help our students become interested in and connect to American and local history.

      Lucia Pichardo - Nyack High School - Nyack School District   

      I am currently the Social Studies Department Chair for Nyack Schools. I also teach ESL Global History and Geography to 9th and 10th graders. This is my 7th year at Nyack High School and my 16th year teaching.

      Vivian I. Pratt - 4th grade teacher - Pearl River School District
      As a mother of two children she returned to school after her youngest entered first grade. Vivian attained a BA in Sociology from St. Joseph’s College and graduated with her Master’s in Education from Fordham University. Vivian has been teaching for ten years and truly enjoys working with children. As a Hispanic woman who believes that learning is a lifelong journey; she is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the American History Grant in which she can deepen her knowledge and understanding of American History to better inform and instruct her students.


      Dani Raskin - Clarkstown School District
      After joining the Clarkstown Central School District in 2008 as a Teaching Assistant, I am now in my first year of teaching. I teach Special Education and Global Studies. I earned my Bachelors degree in Social Studies Secondary Education from Indiana University-Bloomington and my Masters in Teaching at Saint Thomas Aquinas College. I am a lifelong learner and am extremely excited about the opportunity to participate in the TAH program.

      James Russell - Clarkstown School District
      A teacher for 10 year, (I taught 5 years in the NYC Public School System) I have been teaching at Clarkstown South High School for the past 5 years.  I have/or currently am teaching the  following:  A.P. U.S. Government and Politics, IB, Year 1 and 2, U.S. History and Government, Syracuse University Project Advance course in Public Policy.

      Carolann Ryan - Librarian at Fieldstone Secondary School - North Rockland Central School District
      My school covers grade 8 and 9. I have worked in the District for 17 years and prior to that I worked at the Haverstraw Kings Daughter’s Public Library in the Children’s Department. I am also an American history buff, I love to read historical fiction-have created historical fiction lists to use with my classes. I always collaborated with my SS teachers on history projects, including a local history project with Mr. Metcalf when he and I worked at James A. Farley. I am looking forward to being a part of this project.

      Michael St. John - Social Studies Department Chair - Felix Festa Middle School - Clarkstown School District

      I have been teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies at Festa for eight years.  Before that I taught for a year and a half at Monacan High School in Richmond, VA.  I grew up in Rockland County, and graduated from Nyack High School.  In addition to my love of history, I'm also a huge sports fan, and still play baseball today.

      Susan A. Shankey - Suffern High School - BOCES   
      For the past 18 years I have been teaching high school social studies (9-12) within different BOCES programs. Currently I am working in a District Based Class at SHS with special needs students.

      Bryn Sonin - A. MacArthur Barr Middle School - Nanuet School District   
      I have been teaching 8th grade at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School for the past six years. Throughout this time I have been co-teaching with Sean Cotter whose dedication, hard work and organization has helped me greatly through the years. I did my undergraduate work at the University at Albany and received my masters degree from Medaille College in Buffalo New York. I'm looking forward to working on this project.

      Marisa Wolf - A. MacArthur Barr Middle School - Nanuet
      I have been teaching 7th grade social studies in Nanuet for four years.  I find middle school students to be an exciting and motivating group to work with.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Manhattan College and my Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Iona College.

      Dave Wright - Social Studies Teacher - Felix Festa Middle School - Clarkstown School District
      I have been teaching at Felix Festa for the last three years and currently teach 7th grade.  The first two years I was teaching 6th grade.  Colonial America and the foundation of our government are two things I have always enjoyed.  I attended Clarkstown South High School and grew up here in Rockland.  Outside of the classroom I climb and run.

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