I was born and grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan and graduated college from Muskingum College (now Muskingum University.) I then earned my Master’s Degree from Ashland University. I am proud to have taught my entire career at Black River which started in August of 2000. I like spending time with my family at their activities, coaching basketball, running, reading, and watching baseball. As a family, we enjoy traveling and seeing various parts of the United States. My favorite time periods of American History include the American Revolution and the Civil War. I also enjoy reading about US presidents and presidential history.
This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today's citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions. (Source: Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio's Learning Standards" adopted 2018)
Advanced Placement US History
In AP U.S. History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. (Source: College Board, "AP U.S. History, Course Description", 2019)