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Robert is a Social Studies teacher at Carmel High School in Carmel, New York. He has been teaching American History for 27 years and is a re-enactor for the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil War eras.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree from Connecticut State University. He is a Master Educator for the Living History Education Foundation and has created and instructed graduate courses such as “The Battle for New York in 1776”, “Private Yankee Doodle”, “Civil War Times and the Industrial Age in the Hudson Valley”, “Baseball and the Civil War” and “Johnny Reb Billy Yank”. These courses offer participants a total emersion experience in the periods of both the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars. Participants camp, drill and cook as if they were soldiers living in these eras. He currently teaches elective courses for high school students on both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well.
He has presented at numerous Social Studies conferences throughout New York State for the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the Westchester – Lower Hudson Council for Social Studies. In 2010 he was awarded the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He has traveled extensively to Revolutionary and Civil War sites throughout the country.
A retired history teacher of 36 years from the Somers Central School District in Somers, New York, Bill has been reenacting since 2006.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including: “Outstanding Living History Program” recognition from Colonel Phil Ryan, U.S. 160th Night Stalker Commander, the National Citizenship Award from the Somers VFW Post 8213, Town of Somers recognition for “commitment to the students of Somers” with a Proclamation of a day named in his honor, N.Y.S. Senate Resolution 2176 in recognition of the Annual American Heritage Somers Living History Day, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s “Bronze Good Citizenship Medal”, the “Old Bet Award” for promoting regional history from the Somers Historical Society and the Somers Lions Distinguished Service Award in 2019. Bill is currently the Program Director for the Living History Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to promoting living history.
I have been reenacting for over thirty years, beginning as a mounted Civil War Cavalryman of the 10th NY Cavalry, shifting to the Rev War in 2001. I joined the 5th NY just after the 225th anniversary of the Battle of White Plains. In the 5th NY I have served as a Man-At-Arms, Corporal, Sergeant, Quartermaster, Adjutant, Commander, and Paymaster.
I was trained as a artillerist at Fort Montgomery, and have served on the crew of their 3, 6, and 32 pound cannons. Their 6 pound cannon is named after my daughter.
I taught pubic school in Rockland and Westchester for 34 years as well as being a Master Educator for the Living History Education Foundation.