A year ago this month I learned that my wife and I would be moving to Boston at the end of the school year. Rather than scramble to secure a teaching position I decided to take the year off and think carefully about my next move. That decision has helped to clarify a number of things concerning my passion for history.
I imagined a year of engrossed study and research in my home library as well as in various archives in the Boston area and to a certain extent that is exactly what happened. I put the finishing touches on my Crater study and completed a number of smaller projects. Best of all I was able to sketch out a new research project on the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that will help to connect me even more so to the rich history that now surrounds me.
As much as I’ve enjoyed this opportunity, however, what I’ve come to appreciate is the extent to which my love for history has been shaped and nurtured through my interaction with others. That became painfully clear to me back in September as I sat on the sidelines for the first time in 15 years at the beginning of a new school year. I miss the excitement of the classroom and the chance not only to share what I know, but to learn and grow from my students and colleagues. The structure of the school calendar gave me focus as well as a profound sense of purpose that solitary study simply cannot match. I am willing to wager that I was more productive all around during the school season than I have been since moving this past July. That’s OK as I learned that I am in no way burned out from teaching. The fire is still there.
As the hiring season gets underway for the next school year I feel confident that I will find the right position in one of the many private schools in the Boston area. While I’ve got the classroom front pretty much covered, I ask that those of you who live in the area to keep your eyes peeled for anything else that you think I should check out. I am interested broadly in history education so a position in a historical society, museum or other historical institution will be given serious consideration. Feel free to leave a comment or you can use the contact form.
What matters is that I have the opportunity to work with others.