Pre-K & Kindergarten
Robert was born and raised in Sullivan County, surrounded by multiple generations of extended family. He left to pursue a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Boston University and later a vocational certificate in Aircraft Maintenance at the University of Alaska. He considers both educational experiences to have been equally valuable and complementary to each other. He served the University of Alaska, Aviation Maintenance for three years as an Assistant and Adjunct Professor.
As both an engineer and mechanic, Robert prefers to engage both physically and mentally in solving problems. He would rather work outdoors or in a workshop than in an office. He is an enthusiast of all types of implements and equally comfortable applying a hammer, wrench, or screwdriver to the solution of a problem as he is geometry, calculus, and physics. His favorite tools, both physical and mental, allow him to create from raw materials. Metal is his preferred medium.
As an educator, Robert seeks to close the gap between concept and application using a contextually-rich, project-based learning environment. He prefers to use literacy-rich, maker-centered learning activities that are designed to develop a sense of agency and empower students. The skills that he emphasizes, such as close observation, are extremely simple in concept but also a highly effective problem-solving tool. His study at Clarkson University, in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, emphasizes a sensitivity for cultural awareness and social justice. Robert is currently enrolled in Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program’s Introduction to Montessori Secondary Education, along with their course on Montessori Philosophy and Methodology.
“My preferred learning experience is one that engages all of my senses. I want to be able to interact with the embodiment of a conceptual idea and admire and appreciate it like one might appreciate nature. I want to be able to hold that conceptual idea in my hands and experience its existence on more than a sheet of paper. I want to hear the sound it makes and inhale its smell. I want to offer this experience to my students.”