Masters in Higher Education, History and Political Science
Awards & Recognitions
2002 Kaskaskia College Horizon Award
2007, 2008, 2009 Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award
2007 Outstanding Student Organization - Student Congress
2008 Kaskaskia College Faculty of the Year/
2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute - Empires and Interactions, St. Louis University
World Affairs Council of St. Louis
Midwest World History Association
What are your goals as a teacher at Kaskaskia College? - My philosophy of education is practical and pragmatic. I want my students to learn, appreciate, and understand the subject at hand. I try to make a connection with all students. I want them to be engaged in the topic. I believe in making my classes as interesting and entertaining as possible. I believe my enthusiasm for history and political science and my desire to make my classes as relevant and useful as possible are obvious to my students. Something about the subject should connect to the student. I emphasize the importance of the subject and attempt to relate historical patterns and events to current issues. I believe that one should never stop learning. This is not one of life’s burdens; it is one of life’s joys.
Up to this moment, what is your proudest teaching moment? - Arguably my most significant achievement in my career was to be named Outstanding Faculty of the Year for 2008. I was deeply honored to win this award. I know that there are many deserving teachers that have won this award in the past; I am proud to be one of them. I also have had the professional opportunity to travel to participate in the Illinois Consortium Faculty Exchange in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I was able to spend two weeks in The Netherlands, including side trips to Amsterdam, The Hague, and Paris. This was a wonderful experience for historical, cultural and personal enhancement. I continue to travel to enhance my classroom presentations.