THE EXCELLENT TEACHERS WHO WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS--SHARE THE STORIES WITH NEIGHBORS ABOUT EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS
THIS WEEK-IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CHRIS BARRY WHO WROTE A BOOK ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR AND HIS GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER’S ROLE
Students who reside in school districts within Greenburgh are very fortunate. Many of the teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach. I would like to periodically highlight outstanding teachers who work in our school districts–teachers who go the extra mile for their students, who love teaching. A good teacher can inspire a student to be a great success in life. Two weeks ago I interviewed Kay Semenza of Tarrytown on my WVOX radio program. Her son, Gregg, went to the Tarrytown schools and credited his high school biology teacher Rose Nelson for inspiring him to appreciate science and biology. Last year Gregg won the Nobel Prize!
Over the last eight years, Irvington High School history teacher Chris Barry — whose great-great-grandfather fought with the 65th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War — spent most of his summers and school breaks retracing the steps of the regiment, visiting the battlefields where the men fought, doing extensive research and writing the chapters to his new book. He was also a guest on my radio show last week and talked about his great great grandfather’s experiences. A link is below.
"No Flinching From Fire: The 65th New York Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War," is a historical account that uses numerous soldier letters, memoirs and official records as sources. According to Barry, it is the first history of the regiment. Chris Barry spent years reading about Civil War campaigns, visiting battlefields and reading general Civil War literature, which was in some way connected to where the 65th New York Volunteers fought.
Barry teaches Advanced Placement United States History, America’s Civil War, Russian Studies and Sports History and Marketing at the Irvington high school. His students reviewed chapters of his book and he has taken AP US History students on visits to monuments. Mr. Barry’s great-great grandfather, Lt. Timothy Carroll, was wounded three times during the civil war. Irvington students are very lucky to have such a devoted teacher working for them.
If you can think of very special teachers who should be highlighted in the coming months- please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with info so I can follow up. It’s my hope that the stories of great local teachers will reassure residents that they made a great choice moving to our town and that their children will get a great education. I also hope possible new residents will also have a good feeling about moving here.