Briefly describe what you do in your current role:
As a Museum Educator at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, most of my time is spent teaching students in area schools both public and private. We have suitcase programs that contain artifacts and photos that we use to teach the students about a specific period in Ohio's history. I also create suitcase programs guided by school curriculum. I teach from preschool through 8th grade. In the summer, I plan and execute "Hands on History" open houses, which are free events for children of all ages to come and explore local history in a fun, hands-on way.
Recent professional accomplishments:
I have recently had the opportunity to create two of my own exhibits. The first was a temporary exhibit in the Arms Family Museum's seasonal event Memories of Christmas Past, which displayed my research on a the history of Santa Claus. My currently displayed exhibit, Police Ledgers: Turn a Page on Youngstown Crime, showcases new accessions of the historical society’s archives. A Youngstown Police Department Ledger from 1932 is the main piece in the case with relating text panels and articles from the Youngstown Vindicator relating to arrests listed in the Ledger.
How did Walsh prepare you for your current job?
Walsh's Museum Studies program focuses on giving the students experience and information on every aspect of a museum. From the beginning, Museum Studies 101 takes students through every part of a museum including how all of the departments work together. For my current job, I try to get as much experience as I can, and to have the background in every department is extremely helpful.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering Walsh University?
By choosing Walsh, you're choosing yourself. Walsh is a loving atmosphere where everyone wants you to succeed and get the best education you can.
How do you feel Walsh took into account your needs as an individual?
Every class is small enough that the professors will know you and will help you when you need it. Walsh's classes are very experience oriented. The emphasis on internships and global learning help make you a well-rounded individual.