Introduction–I hope

blogblog 3If you are reading this then I (with Dr. Kaden’s help) have successfully accessed and posted on my first blog. As I think about it, this is probably the first blog that I have ever read.

My name is Richard Brown. I have recently retired from the Army after 25+ years. I decided to go into education, since my parents were secondary education teachers and I have a brother that is currently teaching history. Of course there are numerous secondary reasons, but teachers get upset if I mention them. For instance, I wanted to continue to be an asset to society, but physically hurt due to nature of the previous career. Much of my decision to retire and change jobs focused on the my inability to continue working in the Army. I guess I am just too old for it. I guess the right answer for teaching is “I love children,” or so I have been told. I cannot go that far, and am relegated to acknowledging my enjoyment in history and political science and my desire to help people mature and develop into an asset within their community.

I have some experience in education. I served as a Drill Sergeant and as an instructor at the Army’s Drill Sergeant School. I assisted in establishing and training the ICDC (Iraqi Civil Defense Corps), served as an imbedded advisor for an Iraqi Special Police Battalion, and the senior mentor for an Afghan Army Battalion and Police SRT. That being said, I hope and anticipate a better success within the secondary education realm.

I am married with one child. My wife is a product of World War II (not directly, but indirectly), being part Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and German. My son is currently in eight grade at North Pole Middle School. Being a product of the Northstar School District, he provides a unique insight into the classroom and student dynamics.

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I have attempted to find some current pictures. The attached are a few of the most recent. They are not that recent, but all that I currently have. I should probably get some current pictures taken.

Upon completion of the MEd, I am scheduled to work on a Master in Eastern European Studies. Upon completion of this I will start back to work. YEAH!?!?!?

Growing up even prior to Blackboard, we had green chalkboards, the concept of blogging and this Apple are causing me some distress. I have already lost this post once, consequently, I will now stop and attempt to post it on the blog.



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