It is with great pleasure, on behalf of the consortium of the nine local educational agencies represented by the Southwest Vermont Superintendents'
Association in conjunction with Castleton State College and Christ the King School, that we welcome and encourage you to apply
for our second three-year Teaching American History Project.
You may not be aware that, in the fall of 2001, Castleton State College was chosen by the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Board of Trustees to be the VSC's "lead institution" for all the state colleges in teacher preparation and professional development for K-12 educators.
We are pleased that you, as a teacher, are taking the initiative to be part of this model that can help reform-minded teachers in our region.
We hope you will join us to make this
Mike Austin, Ph.D.
Castleton State College
Mike is the director for the American History Project and has
written, directed, and participated in over 25 grants. He is a member of
the Castleton History Department and received his Ph.D. in History from
the University of New Hampshire. His dissertation dealt with the marble
workers of Vermont. He is a member of the Organization of American
Historians and was editor of the Rutland Historical Quarterly for ten
years. He serves as Vice President of the Vermont Alliance for
Social Studies as well as the Vermont State Coordinator for the
Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History. Previously, he earned a Masters Degree in English from Southern
Illinois University where he was nominated for the Modern Language
Association Excellency in Teaching Award. He is the recipient of
the prestigious Charles Swain Thomas Award from the New England Association of Teachers of English. He
was also a former president of
the New England Association of Teachers of English and president of the
Vermont Council of Teachers of English.
Assistant Project Director
Castleton State College
Mary has worked at Castleton State College for 26 years and has her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Castleton. In her role as
Staff Assistant to the faculty, she has worked with and for the faculty in that role for most of her tenure there. She received the first Outstanding Staff Award for exemplary assistance and support to the faculty and for her willingness to go the extra mile. She
has been on a wide variety of search committees while at Castleton and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Homestead Center in Castleton. Mary loves to garden and enjoys her job with her extended family at Castleton.
Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union
Ron is a former elementary teacher,
building Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Associate
Superintendent. He is the current Superintendent of
Schools and former President of the Southwest Vermont Superintendents
Association. He has been a part of the regional education
community since 1980.
Castleton Center for Schools
Peter has worked in the educational field for 36 years in a variety of roles such as 12 years of instructional leadership as principal of one of Vermont's largest elementary schools, which has continually been recognized for its excellence, and efforts in educational reform. He has ten years of central office experience with a focus on curriculum development for grades K-12. He is currently the director of the Castleton Center for Schools at Castleton State College. Peter has won several awards including Challenge Grant School, a grant for professional development and the Governor's Comprehensive Award for School with Exemplary Prevention Programs. He has a Masters degree in Elementary Administration from Rhode Island College
Teaching American History