Class of 1991
Bjornberg Farrell, Kristin
US History teacher
I live in Monkton, Vt. It is about half way between Burlington and Middlebury. I went on to get a Masters in History from the University of Vermont. The James Madison Fellowship the IC history department nominated me for paid for this degree. As you know, I broke up my master's work to teach for a year at IHS. I came back to Vermont, wrote and defended my thesis on Vermont's constitutional history. I currently teach U.S History up to 1900 10th graders, Age of Legality ( Senior civics) and Futures Academy ( This is a self directed, but community based program where students set goals about their future and work to meet them). I also teach a World Issues elective course in the Fall. I have been teaching at Mt. Abraham Union Middle/ High School since the fall of 1995. Wow... this means next year I will have been teaching for 15 years, including IHS. This past year I worked actively to make Mt. Abe a democratic school and we now have the first Community Council Constitution and shared decision making model in the state.
My husband Todd and I live in a yellow farmhouse, all restored when we bought it, with 16 acres overlooking both the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. We have a deciduous tree farm (maples, birch, lilacs, ash etc). Todd has his own nursery and landscaping business.
We have two boys, Leo who is 8 in 3rd grade and Owen 5 in kindergarten. They keep us busy. I truly feel like I am living my dream! Thank you for all you and my other professors did to make that happen. Ithaca College was so good to and for me. I feel very blessed to have made the memories I did in those four + years and lay the ground work for my life today.
BA History '91,Syracuse University MS '99 Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation,Certified ESL (K-12),Certified Social Studies (7-12)
My job as "itinerant ESL teacher", is even better than last year. I spend most of my time at the new Institute of Technology @ Syracuse Central. It is the new 5th high school in the city. The students must apply for admission, and the teachers have to interview for jobs.
We started with 9th grade last year, added 10th this year,and will add a grade a year until we have a 9-12 school. The school is special for many reasons, some aforementioned. The schools goal is for students to go to a 2 or 4 year college, a trade school (Culinary, Electrician, etc.)
If you still have IC students that would like visit for S.S. teaching opportunities, I can arrange that. I can now show them the whole spectrum, from best to worst.
Supervisor of S.S. at Herbert Hoover Middle School
School Principal & Collaborates with Ithaca College Teacher Education Program