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Subjects Taught
Social Studies

Education

East Carolina University, Greenville NC

Batchelor of Arts in History

Master of Arts in History

Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literature

Publication of thesis (January, 2008): Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, and Military Tactics in the Second Punic War (142 pgs)

Area of concentration is European history. Degree emphasizes early European history. Academic interests, teaching, and researching experience in Ancient History, Classical Literature, Early Christianity, Military History, Colonial American History, American Revolution, Native American Studies, Antebellum America, American Civil War, Twentieth Century America, American Government, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Twentieth Century Europe, World War I, and World War II, and Current Events.

Language competency includes three years of university Latin and two years of university Greek. Latin works translated include Cicero’s Catilina Orations, Virgil’s Aeneid and Eclogues, excerpts from Caesar’s Gallic and Civil Wars, Cicero’s De re publica, Pliny’s Historia Naturalis, poems by Catullus, excerpt of The Life of Caesar by Suetonius, Horace’s Odes, Epodes, and Carmen Saeculare, and Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The Great Achievements of the Divine Augustus). Greek works translated include Sophocles’ Antigone and Homer’s Iliad (Books One and Five).

Studied abroad with East Carolina University in the summer 2004 to Rome for first Summer Session with Dr. Steven Cerutti



Experience

2015 - present, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

I arrived at Springfield Middle School in January where I currently teach social studies. I am enjoying teaching here and I am very excited to be part of the Wildcat family!

2011 - 2015 History Instructor, Wilson Community College

I served as an adjunct history instructor where I provided effective instruction and acted as lead facilitator in courses for traditional settings in HIS 111 (World Civilizations I), 112 (World Civilizations II), HIS 121 (Western Civilization I), HIS 122 (Western Civilization II), HIS 131 (American History I), 132 (American History II), HIS 211 (Ancient History), HIS 236 (North Carolina History), and early college courses in HIS 112 and 122. I have teaching experience with the Career and College Promise under the supervision of Wes Hill, Dean of Business/Applied Technologies and Educational Partnerships. I created syllabi outlines, created and graded exams, assigned course materials (i.e. lecture outlines and study guides), and provided assignments and supplementary reading material (different forms of literature, scholarly articles, etc). Historical categories emphasized throughout courses are social, cultural, political, and military history. I incorporated personal research with lectures from scholarly journals such as JSTOR, NCLive, the college's online resources, and other internet sources, carefully document sources, and provide citations to the students to elaborate on important topics. I emphasized primary sources. I included current events to help students understand how history repeats itself and to understand historical topics.

Major assignments (term papers and/or oral projects) on historic or literary topics focus on different approaches such as critical reviews (emphasizing critical reading, thinking, analysis, and interpretation), development of thesis, argumentative – based research, compare and contrast, research using primary and secondary sources, and proper documentation styles using resources such as Purdue OWL. Enhance student learning outcomes by providing visual aid such as PowerPoint, presentations, multimedia, adult learning techniques, and encourage critical thinking via class discussions, assignments, debates, and historical role play.

Provided instruction and acted as lead facilitator in online courses. Online courses included discussion boards and assessments, scholarly articles, assignments, and supplemental reading material. Enhance student learning outcomes by providing visual aid such as PowerPoint, presentations, multimedia, and encourage critical thinking via discussion boards and assignments. Moodle certified.

I have also served as an adjunct history instructor at Lenoir CC, Johnston CC, and Nash CC.



Bio

I have lived in Wilson County most of my life. My wife and I have been married for ten years and have a two year old son who is the most precious thing in the world. I love being a father and look forward to seeing my son achieving many more milestones. I am involved in the Boy Scouts (Troop 8) with First Baptist Church, an Eagle Scout which I achieved in 1997, and a member of Wilson Community Church. I enjoy traveling, visiting museums, going to the beach and the mountains, football, outdoor activities, swimming, target practicing, researching scholarly topics, and being involved in the community.

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