My name is Joe Candarelli, I am a senior at Marist College entering into my first semester interning with the Hudson River Valley Institute. I attended John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in nearby Somers, NY before furthering my education at Marist College where I majored in Secondary Education and History. This past spring I completed my student teaching in the State of New York at two local high schools. My first placement was at Pawling High School in Pawling New York where I taught mostly 9th grade global history and 12th grade economics. After this placement I went to BOCES BETA High School in Poughkeepsie, New York where I had the opportunity to teach American History to 11th graders basically from the American Revolution through the Cold War as well as teaching a 12th grade economics course again. This was a diverse experience in just about every sense of the word. My students at the two different placements were completely different, from two very different backgrounds and sets of circumstances. The content was obviously very different at both placements and thus challenging. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to different types of students in order to make history relevant to them, in their lives. Having the opportunity to teach American history at my second placement however was a treat for me as this is where my true interest lies in history.
I grew up in Cortlandt Manor, New York about an hour south of Marist and right on the banks of the Hudson across from Historic West Point. I believe growing up in an area with such rich history in both the birth, and the shaping of our nation is responsible for my interest in American history. I played football at Kennedy Catholic High School and then went on to play receiver on the football team at Marist College for three years. Unfortunately, after a college career plagued by injury I suffered a concussion at the end of my junior season bringing my playing days to an end. Although very depressing at the time, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as our Head Coach Jim Parady decided to offer me a position on the coaching staff. Coaching is something I have always wanted to do so I accepted and we went on to win the 2013 Pioneer Football League Championship for the first time in school history winning a school record 8 games. I am now in my second year as an offensive assistant.
In the future I definitely plan on pursuing this coaching dream to see where it goes. I will do this from a Graduate Assistant position while getting my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. The plan for the short term for me is to get my masters in order to be fully able and qualified to step into a classroom and teach history at some point, while coaching in the meantime doing what I love to do. In my student teaching experience this past spring I felt very at home in front of the classroom bringing history alive for my students in any, and every way possible.