I moved to Massachusetts three years ago from the Buffalo area when I accepted a faculty position at BSU. In the short time that I have been here, I have made great connections professionally and personally. Many doors have been opened to me and I have been fortunate to work with the CONNECT Math group, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Boston Museum of Science, Pearson Education, and now the Portfolios of Excellence Program.
My most favorite part of my day-to-day is working with students, getting to know them, and helping them be successful. My most important goal is to help students be confident in whatever they choose to do. I choose to teach mathematics because I love watching the "light bulb" turn on when students understand a mathematics concept. At BSU, I have the pleasure of helping train future teachers of mathematics. At the elementary level, I teach the mathematics content courses for elementary, early childhood, and special education majors. I also teach the middle school and high school mathematics methodology courses.
Although the facts of history are somewhat interesting to me, I have always been fascinated with the lives of the people from past times. I want to know what their social cultures were, how they dressed, wore their hair, entertained themselves, their etiquette, and how they related to others around them. In order to best understand these things, I find myself drawn to re-enacting. I started living history when I was younger and my mother, who was a curator of a local museum, needed volunteers for displays and events. I can't say I enjoyed it that much then! During summers, when I was in college, I worked at Genesee Country Village and Museum, a living history museum similar to Old Sturbridge Village. While I worked there, I demonstrated cooking on an open hearth, spinning wool and weaving, was the leader of a dance troop, among other things. When I started graduate school, I joined the 1st New York Light Artillery, Reynolds' Battery L. Reynolds' Battery. I have been a member of this union civil war artillery unit, based in Rochester, NY, for 13 years. Sometimes, I am a civilian, dressed from neck, to finger tips, to toes. Did you know that it was scandalous for a woman to show her ankles in the 1860's?!? And then, sometimes, I am a cannoneer, and I fire 8 ounces of gun powder from a three-inch ordinance rifle, otherwise known as a cannon. That is me, as a solider, pulling the lanyard and firing the cannon at Gettysburg in the middle picture! If you follow the link to our website, you will find some short video clips of some of the events we do.