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Speaker & Historian Biographies

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National Teacher Institute: July 12-15, 2018

Speakers & Historians 
 

Garry Adelman 

A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 30 articles on the Civil War. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 20 years. He has appeared on numerous productions shown on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY, where, most recently, he was the chief consultant for “Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color.” Since 2010, he has been the director of history and education at the Civil War Trust, leading efforts to provide high quality educational materials for classroom use and develop groundbreaking techniques for on-site and digital battlefield interpretation.

 

Phil Caskey   

A Martinsburg, W.Va., native and a 22-year Morgantown, W.Va., resident, Phil Caskey recently completed his fourth year as a social studies educator at University High School in Morgantown and his fourth overall in secondary education, where he teaches the subjects of American Civil War Studies, Civics and AP Research. He is the 2016 Civil War Trust Teacher of the Year. Caskey earned his master’s in secondary education, with an emphasis in the social studies, from West Virginia University (WVU) in December, 2012. Before returning to school to further his education and change careers, Caskey worked in the WVU athletic department for 11 years as a sports information director, where he was an award-winning public relations/sports journalist and published author. He earned his first masters, in Sport Management in 2001, and his bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 1999, both also from WVU. He has also been a visiting instructor in WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sports Science Graduate Sport Management program since 2007. 

 

John Charow

John Charow started working at Seaport Academy, a therapeutic day school in Charlestown, MA in 2004.  He began his work as the history teacher and promised the director that he would take students to Gettysburg for a field trip.  Five years later he led his first of now 6 trips to Gettysburg one of which, “Civilwarapalooza” toured 9 battlefields in 3 days.  He is currently the Vocational teacher running the transition department as well as  institute courses in boat building, welding, painting and home maintenance.  His passion for history keeps him coordinating high energy trips annually to Washington DC and Gettysburg PA.  He has a BA from Merrimack College in History and Massachusetts teacher certification in history.  He is currently working towards his MA in Special Ed at Fitchburg State University.   

 

Paula Gidjunis 

Paula Gidjunis is a retired middle school Social Studies teacher and currently works as a bookkeeper for JPG Photography and teaches history at Manor College, both in the Philadelphia area.  She serves on the board of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table and chairs their Preservation Committee. She also serves on the board of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pa. She has an M.B.A. and a M. A. in History.

 

Carolyn Ivanoff 

Carolyn Ivanoff is an assistant principal at Shelton High School in Shelton Connecticut. Carolyn graduated summa cum laude from Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in Business Administration and History.  She holds an M.A. in Education and a sixth-year degree in school administration.  Carolyn is a versatile, proficient educator with over 25 years of experience in a variety of educational settings in public schools, as an administrator, departmental chair, teacher leader, adult education, workplace environments, and software training for schools and industry.  In 2003, Carolyn was named Civil War  Trust’s Teacher of the Year.  in 2010 she was one of a panel of eight teachers who wrote the Civil War Trust's national Civil War curriculum.  She has been a speaker at the National Social Studies Conference in Washington, DC, and Boston, MA, the North East Regional Conference on the Social Studies (NERC) in Sturbridge, MA, the Kentucky Social Studies Council, the Civil War Trust's annual Teacher's Institute, as well as numerous State and local venues As an educator and administrator Carolyn partners with teachers and community organizations on curriculum initiatives, writing, and presenting.   She is committed to partnering with, and collaborating with, community, state,  and national historical, preservation, and educational organizations to provide academic and civic involvement opportunities for students.  Carolyn develops, authors, and presents a variety of educational and professional development programs for schools and organizations.  She represents Shelton Schools as an ambassador to various community initiatives and serves as a resource for local history and education initiatives.  She is an educator committed to bringing history, social studies, and literacy programs beyond the classroom and into the community. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 the Connecticut League of History Organizations recognized the quality of educational programs with Awards of Merit.  In 2016 the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies honored her with the Bruce Fraiser Friend of the Social Studies award.

 

Diane Klinefelter

Diane Klinefelter is Library Director at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The historic landmark ACFL&MH is home to one of only a few extant Grand Army of the Republic posts left in the United States. Diane also serves as Curator for the Capt. Thomas Espy GAR Post collection and develops Civil War programming. She holds a Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in American History from Carlow University. Diane is a professional genealogist, having received her certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington, DC in 1999.  Diane specializes in Civil War history and served as Librarian and Military Research Specialist at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Bruce A. Lesh

Bruce A. Lesh received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Salisbury University and his master's degree in history from Villanova University. He was a high school teacher and social studies department chair for twenty-two years in Baltimore County Public Schools where he taught American history, world history, and Advanced Placement United States Politics and Government. A past president of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies and vice-chair of the National Council for History Education, Bruce published three units on teaching American history using primary sources through the Center for Learning. He has also been published several times in the OAH Magazine of History and written book reviews for The History Teacher. He co-founded and served as a member of the board of directors for the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2011 he published “Why Won’t You Just Tell US the Answer?: Teaching Historical thinking in Grades 7-12”. In 2008 he was recognized as the pre-collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians and in 2013 was named Maryland Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Bruce currently works in education policy at the state level in Maryland.

 

Terry Levering 

Terry Levering has been a private high school history teacher in Baltimore, Maryland for 40 years. For the last 13 year's, Terry has taught an in-depth Civil War course at Loyola Blakefield, in Towson, Md. Prior to teaching his current course, the last time Terry had studied the Civil War was in his junior year American History survey class in high school.  

 

Dr. Chris Mackowski 

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the forthcoming “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

Shannon McLucas

Shannon McLucas is a Park Ranger at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, and Hampton National Historic Site in Towson. She received her master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and served as a research fellow at American University. As an historian and preservation advocate, she has published works on a variety of topics in United States political and social history, and regularly develops interpretive programs, events, and curriculum-based programs for the National Park Service. She currently serves as Volunteer Program Coordinator and Education Coordinator for Fort McHenry NMHS, Hampton NHS, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

 

James A. Percoco 

James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over 33 years of service to American education. The author of three previous books, his books A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of US History and Divided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in US History are staples in collegiate social studies methods courses across the United States. Percoco has pioneered the combination of public education with public history utilizing public history opportunities throughout his curriculum. Thirty-six of his students have worked for the National Park Service, several who are currently in leadership positions. Pulitzer Prize winning author and biographer David McCullough has called Percoco, “a national treasure” and Yohuru Williams has dubbed Percoco as “America’s History Teacher.” He is a Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year (Virginia) and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011. 

 

Dr. Carol Reardon (Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Carol Reardon is an American military historian with a concentration in the Civil War era. Reardon is a professor of American History at Penn State University. She is also a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has taught at the U.S. Army War College. She is the authors of many publications including Pickett's Charge: The Convergence of History and Myth in the Southern Past, A Field Guide to Gettysburg Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People. She has also won numerous awards for her studies and made several television appearances on C-SPAN and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. 

 

Bob Rinehart 

Bob Rinehart was born in York, PA and graduated from West York High School (1983). He worked in television production for eight years after graduating from High School. During this time, the station (Cable-4-York) and Bob earned several awards for Excellence in their productions. Bob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from York College of Pennsylvania (1994) and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College of Maryland (2001). He was named Preservation Teacher of the Year by the Civil War Trust in 2004, was awarded the Civil War Trust Chairman’s Award in 2010 and named the Gilder / Lehrman Maryland Teacher of the Year in 2014. Bob has volunteered for the Civil War Trust since 2004 for both the Summer Teacher’s Institute and the member Annual Conference. He is engaged to be married and they have five children ranging from 13 – 21 years of age.

 

Timothy H. Smith 

Timothy H. Smith is a native of Baltimore and a lifelong student of the American Civil War. He is employed as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and as a research historian for the Adams County Historical Society. He has authored or co-authored some ten books related to Gettysburg.

 

David O. Stewart

After many years as a trial and appellate lawyer, David O. Stewart became a writer of history and historical fiction.  His first book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, was a Washington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Award as Best Book of 2007.  Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, was called “the best account of this troubled episode.”  American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, examines Burr’s Western expedition, which landed him on trial for treason.   The Washington Post called Madison’s Gift:  Five Partnerships That Built America, a portrait “rich in empathy and understanding” by “an acknowledged master of narrative history.”   His novel-writing career began with The Lincoln Deception, about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, which Bloomberg View said was the best historical novel of 2013.  The Washington Post described The Wilson Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, as “Another terrific Fraser and Cook mystery.” In its review of The Babe Ruth Deception in 2016, the Washington Times described David as “one of our best new writers of historical mysteries.”  He is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

Douglas Ullman, Jr. 

Doug is the Digital Content Producer for the Civil War Trust, playing a key role in creation of history content on Civilwar.org, including the Civil War In4 and War Department video series, battle apps guides, and history articles.  Apart from his work at the Trust, Doug is an independent historian focusing on the Twelfth/Twentieth Army corps as well as a part -time music teacher in Arlington, Virginia.  He is a graduate of New York University's Steinhardt School of Education and Culture. 

 

David Wege 

David Wege is teacher and principal at Waucousta Lutheran Grade School in Campbellsport, Wisconsin.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee and a presenter at local historical societies and the Kenosha Civil War Museum.  The Civil War Trust Teacher Institutes have been a highlight of his summer for many years.  In 2017 Dave was honored by the Civil War Trust with the Abroe-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.  

 

Dan Welch

Mr. Welch is currently a primary and secondary school educator in Northeast Ohio.  He is the former Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation and has served for eight years as a seasonal ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.   Dan earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University and master's degree in Military History from American Military University.  Welch is the  co-author of Last Road North:  A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign.  Dan and his wife, Sarah, reside in Boardman, OH.

 

Adrienne Whaley

Adrienne Whaley is the manager of School Programs and Partnerships at the Museum of the American Revolution, in Philadelphia, PA. 

 

Kristopher D. White 

Kris is the Education Manager at the Civil War Trust. White is a graduate of Norwich University with a M.A. in Military History, as well as a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. For nearly five years he served as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He also served as a historian for the Penn -Trafford Recreation Board and a continuing education instructor for the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh, PA. He serves as the chief historian of Emerging Civil War and the Emerging Civil War Series. White is also the co-creator of the Engaging the Civil War Series, which is a partnership between Southern Illinois University Press and Emerging Civil War. An award winning speaker and editor, White has authored, co-authored, or edited nearly two-dozen books; and is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have appeared in America’s Civil War, Arm Chair General, Blue & Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground Magazine, Civil War Times, Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, and Fredericksburg History & Biography.