CaseyJ.edu is my attempt to talk about what I am passionate about: education, rural schools, social studies education, leadership, and distance professional development.
A little bit about me: (This is quite long! for the shorter version, see my Linkedin page)
I was born in Buffalo NY, lived in Orchard Park until we moved to Gloversville, NY, where we lived for two years. We then moved back to Buffalo, and settled in Hamburg CSD. (Go Bulldogs!) At Hamburg, I became actively involved in DECA, traveled to nationals and enjoyed the experience in leadership.
In 1993, I proudly earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and joined the 4% of all scouts who earned this rank. My OA Lodge elected me a Vice Lodge Chief, and I was honored with the Vigil Honor in 1995.
At SUNY Fredonia, I majored in Social Studies and Elementary Education, earning the Outstanding History Major award, and was inducted into PAT and KDP honors societies. My career at Fredonia culminated in an Honors in Liberal Education degree accompanied by Summa Cum Laude honors. My service to the campus involved Alpha Phi Omega and student government services.
Following my graduation from Fredonia, I became a social studies teacher in a rural area of the southern tier of New York state. Here I taught the 7, 9, 11, and 12 economics courses. I became interested in rural schools research and social studies education research.
After a year in this rural community, I moved to Central-Southern Tier New York, and assumed a teaching position in a middle size rural community. While working, I earned a Masters in American History from SUNY Binghamton As part of my academic career at BU, I completed a sequence in teaching american history. It was here I began to present at state and local conferences, and write for publication.
Following five years in the Central Southern Tier, I moved back to Buffalo, taught at Buffalo State, NCCC, and Niagara University in the history departments. I enrolled at UB and completed a course of study in Mentoring Teachers.
After two years back home in Buffalo, I accepted a position at the NYSED as a school improvement liaison, and was assigned to Long Island. Here I became interested in state policy and school improvement efforts. My assignments at State Ed included Long Island, the Midwestern Region, and Social Studies Curriculum. While at State Ed, I completed an Advanced Graduate Certificate in School and District Leadership. The program at SUNY Albany launched me into my PhD studies in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.
After seven years at the Department, I accepted the position of Executive Director of social studies at Rochester City School District. I then went on to serve as a District Data Coordinator as part of the CNY RIC. But my true calling will always be higher education. I began to work with CASDA, as a social studies expert, and now have added Distance Professional Development to my portfolio. My work with CASDA involves helping teachers and administrators meet the challenges of the new C3 framework and the NYS social studies frameworks.
Following two years in Rochester, I relocated back to the Capital District to assume a teaching position at RPI in the Archer Center for Student Leadership. I am hoping to finish my PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy analysis from SUNY Albany in the near future.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org