Hello! I'm LynDee.
I believe that education, formal or informal, wisely applied enables individuals to develop greater control over their lives, broaden their understanding of the world, and expand their ability to see and meet the needs of their own and other communities. History is an essential part of education because, in the words of historian Sam Wineburg, it "holds the potential of humanizing us in ways offered by few other areas in the school curriculum" by connecting us to the people and world around us, both past and present. A solid understanding of history teaches us about ourselves and others and promotes genuine understanding, tolerance, and appreciation. I firmly believe that in order to progress as individuals, communities, and nations, we must remember, be grateful to, and learn from those who went before us.
Teaching, history, and research are three of my passions. My favorite time period is the American Founding (early colonization through new nation). I also have experience researching world history, consumer history, and genealogy/oral history. One of my favorite things to do is approach a new topic--one I know little or nothing about--and dive into the research. I have found that the world is truly a fascinating place!
Outside of the academic and professional world, I love to rock climb, crochet, hike, watch a good movie, sing in the car, and be with my family.