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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Teacher Ranger Teacher 2011-2012

Mr Wilson

Our Teacher Ranger Teacher for 2011-2012 is Mr Zach Wilson.

Mr Wilson graduated from Eastern University in 2005 with BA in history and later received any MA in teaching from Waynesburg University in 2006. He now teaches American History in Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, where he has been since 2007. His students are primarily sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, and despite some initial misgivings he really enjoys teaching middle school. He quotes " I appreciate their energy level and flashes of insight"

Mr Wilson enjoys traveling to far away or historical locations. Recently he has started thinking of making pilgrimages to all the major Civil War battle sites. He is also a fairly avid hiker and loves spending time outside, and being able to walk through some of the most historically significant ground in the country always appeals to him.

We look forward to having Mr Wilson with us this summer and hope that he takes a great summer back with him to Pittsburgh.

 
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TRT Dan Pulskamp

Our TRT for 2010 was Dan Pulskamp. Dan is in his nineth year of teaching. He has taught Middle School and High School aged children. Subjects taught include: Social Studies, Algebra, Geometry, Personal Finance and U.S. History. He is currently in his fifth year of teaching at Prince George High School. His areas of interest are the Civil War, World War II and Native American History. He is an Army Reservist who has spent a year in Afghanistan. He volunteers with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He lives in Colonial Heights, Virginia, with his wife Luz.

During the summer of 2010, Dan performed duties as a summer camp ranger, tour leader and education ranger. His contributions included rewriting several battlefield education programs, making improvements to the summer camp and initiating new education programming for Pre K through 3rd grade students. His major accomplishment was the creation of a partnership Education program with two Therapeutic Riding schools with the expressed purpose of reaching Autistic and other disabled students who would not otherwise have access to battlefield outreach programs.

Did You Know?

The Crater in Petersburg

The 4th Division of the Union 9th Corps lost 209 men killed and wounded at the Battle of the Crater. Poplar Grove National Cemetery is the resting spot for 331 United States Colored Troops. Most of these men are unidentified burials from the Crater battlefield. (Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield)