Seamus O’Rourke is a junior at Marist College, majoring in History and Adolescent Education. After graduating from Marist, he plans to teach high school social studies near his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. Growing up, Seamus attended Fairfield Public Schools until high school, when he attended Notre Dame Catholic High School, also in Fairfield. He played varsity hockey for Notre Dame Lancers and was captain his senior year. Seamus preferred the small class sizes at Notre Dame to what was offered at Fairfield Public Schools, so Marist’s small campus and class sizes attracted him. The beautiful campus and History and Adolescent Education majors offered were also a powerful incentive. Seamus chose to intern here at the Hudson River Valley Institute because he wants to gain firsthand experience as an historian. He believes it is necessary to have experience in the field of history before teaching about it.
Besides history and education, Seamus is interested in a variety of subjects, including philosophy, psychology/counseling, business/management, and athletics. He has played ice hockey since he was four years old, and he still plays in adult leagues today. Going forward, Seamus plans to stay in the hockey world by coaching. He has coached at the Fairfield Ice Academy for the past six years, coaching beginner skaters and young hockey players. He is excited to move up in age and skill and coach youth hockey teams, and eventually a high school team.
Seamus’s passion for developing children into independent skaters transfers over into the classroom. As a teacher, he is excited to teach his students not only a plethora of history content from various perspectives and sources, but also to teach students how to think and learn like historians. He plans to teach his students how to navigate texts, determining their credibility, purpose, and possible bias. Seamus understands that it is vital for his students to be equipped with the necessary skills to be lifelong learners, not just short-term content memorizers. Just as he does on the ice, he hopes to do in the classroom: develop children into responsible, independent human beings.