Created by rmwilson78 on Mar 14, 2011
Last updated: 08/20/13 at 08:58 AM
This time-line was created for History 379 in Ohio Dominican University's Lead Program. I have been teaching in the LEAD program since 2004. During that time I have taught Humanities 110, 210, and History 379. Although a business program, I am proud to be able to enrich the education of the students in the LEAD program and offer them an opportunity to depart from their chosen discipline for a few weeks and explore what it is to be human. I feel that my work with the students of Ohio Dominican is more than just a job but an opportunity to share the fruits of my contemplation.
After a year out of a high school classroom, I began teaching at The Charles School at Ohio Dominican. T.C.S. is an early college high school which allows students to complete college course-work at Ohio Dominican while in high school.
After three years living in Hartford, Connecticut I decided to move back to Columbus to be closer to family. When I returned I immediately started teaching again at Ohio Dominican.
East Catholic is a private college preparatory high school just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. I taught at East Catholic for three years. During this time I realized that I loved teaching high school students and that teaching would be my chosen profession. Although I loved my job, and the people at East, it became clear to me that living near my family was more important than professional happiness.
While teaching at O.D.U. and perusing opportunities to continue graduate work in History or begin a career with the federal government I was offered a job teaching at Catholic High School in Connecticut. A friend from graduate school was teaching at the school and it seemed like a good opportunity to grow professionally and grow as a person.
After two years in graduate school I decided to move back to my home-town while I sorted out what to do next. When I told my mentor at O.D.U. I was returning for a few months, she asks me if I wanted to teach a few courses while I was back home. From the first time I walked on campus, O.D.U. felt like home. Although I had never consider teaching at the collegiate level, I was up for the challenge. I also felt like the people at O.D.U. had done a great deal to inspire and challenge me to be my best. Going back to teach at Ohio Dominican seemed to be as much about being a part of something I believed in as it did about earning a pay check. This is how I still feel about my work at Ohio Dominican. In the next year and half I taught classes ranging from American History to the history of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. In addition, I began teaching for the Humanities Program, the Political Science Department, and even co-taught a class on Japanese Literature. During this time, it became clear to me that teaching was my calling.
Shortly after graduating, I decided to move back to Columbus while I figured out my next move. The plan was to continue with a Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2003.
After 18 months of work, I completed my Master of Arts in American History with a minor in East Asian History. Although I wouldn't walk in graduation until May, I was excited to be done and move on with my education.
After relocating 775 miles I began working on my M.A. in American / East Asian History at Providence College. Even with the awful events of the day, Dr. McAffy held our first session of Historical Methodology. (Check out the video! It was produced to showcase PC Basketball but is a good way to see the campus.)
On September 11th, 2001 I began my teaching career at a residential school for troubled youth. The school was run by the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and served kids who had been removed from their homes. Needless to say, this was a a sad and troubling day.
When I decide to apply to graduate schools I had two criteria. One, I wanted to attend another Dominican institution. Two, I wanted to move far from home. So, I was happy to move 777 mile from home to attend Providence College.
(The attached clip is of Providence's very own "Dancing Traffic Cop." Known as the Renaissance City, Providence is home to a number of unique cultural experiences. That being said, I think the best part of the city is its people. So, here is small dose of the character of Providence.)
After two years at Columbus State I transferred to O.D.C. to finish my Bachelor's degree.