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I have been an educator for over 30 years. I taught 2nd and 4th grades and at that point fell in love with teaching social studies and history. I taught in the Education Department at Otterbein College for over 18 years, and I recently retired to develop my business as a personal historian. I have a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from The Ohio State University.

Blog Author, Patti's World

Past Trustee, Knox County Historical Society

Member: Ohio Genealogical Society, Knox County Historical Society, SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club

Member of the following lineage societies: Colonial Dames 17th Century * Daughters of the American Revolution * Daughters of the War of 1812 * First Families of Ohio * Mayflower Society * Jamestowne Society

Selected Publications:

"Writing a Codicil to Protect Your Genealogy Collection," Family Chronicle Magazine, Sept/Oct 2011.

"The Kind Merchant," Looking Back Magazine, January 201.

Treat Gently, This Gentle Man: A Daughter's Prayers, a memoir, 2009, available from

"Signs of Old Age Really Badge of Courage", The Columbus Dispatch, March 1, 2008.

Past Editor, The Journal of Teacher Initiated Research [online], available at:

"College and Middle School Students Collaborate on Patriot Research", The Ohio Council for Social Studies, Columbus, OH, April, 2006.

“Field Trips: Let the Teacher Take Them” (with Karen Robinson). Presentation to 2004 State Conference of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, May, 2004.

(2003). Exploring Webquests: New Model for Online Curriculum Projects (with Karen Regina), American Association of State and Local History, September 17, 2003, Providence, RI.

(2002). Use and Misuse of Webquests. Ohio SchoolNet State Technology Conference, Columbus, Ohio, February 5.

(1997). The role of skepticism in preparing teachers for the use of technology. ERIC Document ED 406 339.

Albaugh, P., Piazza, L., and Schlosser, L.(1997). Using a CD-ROM Encyclopedia: Interaction of teachers, middle school students, library media specialists and the technology. Research in Middle Level Education Quarterly, 20(3), 43-55.

(1993). Definitions of interactive learning. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems, 7(3), 36-39.


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