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Instructor

Phone: (802) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Bellows Falls, Vermont, United States
Community College of Vermont
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05676
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • BS degree
  • degrees , design
  • bachelor's degree
    College of Arts and Architecture
  • master's degree
    Graduate College of Design
  • Master of Arts , Teaching program
    Western New Mexico University-Gallup
  • master's degree
    Graduate School of Design
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Web References
By BRAD ...
www.communityworksinstitute.org [cached]
By BRAD HOUK
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Brad Houk is an educator and counter-cartographer. After spending years teaching at-risk students in Vermont, Navajo students on a reservation in New Mexico, Quaker students in the mountains of Pennsylvania, and advanced degree People's Liberation Army officers in China, he now teaches at the Community College of Vermont. Pulling from his academic background in design and education, Brad has been using "counter-maps" to invigorate his classroom. Most recently, however, Brad has been counter-mapping his local community, as well as aspects of the Occupy Movement, in an effort to not only understand a community more deeply (and the many ways it can be experienced) but to explore how this process can be used as a tool for service-learning and a method in civic- and community-engagement.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Following the student project with counter-maps, Brad and his teenage son spent a few weeks in the summer with the Occupy movement in the United States, in part to explore new ideas for mapping projects.
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"I had my doubts about Brad from the very beginning.
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You may not believe in Brad, but I do. I believe Brad," Jake then turned and walked back to the tent he was taking down and packing.
That ended the confrontation between me and Troy. But I can't be sure if Troy believed Jake before he too returned to his business as one of the organizers of the march.
Brad ...
wswsu.org, 27 Oct 2009 [cached]
Brad Houk
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Brad Houk's Homepage
Project Based Learning: Curriculum
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Biography: Brad Houk
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Born and raised in the mountains of northeast-central Pennsylvania, Brad Houk was the offspring of teachers and summer camp directors but had no intention of following in their footsteps. Instead, Brad attended Penn State to become a landscape architect on one level ... on another (following a successful wrestling season at Blair Academy), Brad aspired to make a name for himself on the mat: competing five years as a member of the university's varsity wrestling team. But his performances fell far short of his dreams. Graduating with a BS degree in 1983, Brad organized a bicycle journey with two former roommates and rode through ten European countries for two months before returning to the States.
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Together, Gerry and Brad also ventured through Tibet by bus (until the snows left them stranded and they hiked the last 15 miles across the border to Nepal).
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Brad turned his journals, artwork and photographs into a master's thesis about his experiences across the landscape of the Gobi Desert. His thesis was titled, Big Ger and Little Brad: Their Adventures in China. Dr. Wood described Houk's project as "the most interesting thesis I have supervised in 20 years of graduate teaching."
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In 1988, Brad graduated with a MLA before leaving for home to care for his terminally-ill father. (Brad's letters during this period of care-giving were later published as a chapter titled, "The Wrestler's Secret Yell" in a book by Dr. Tom Koch.) Following the death of his father, and feeling the need to find a sense of direction, Brad returned to China shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre to bicycle alone. While crossing the Loess Plateau, in the provincial wilds of northern Shaanxi, he decided to propose by phone to his hometown sweetheart, Daryl. Months later, Brad returned home to Pennsylvania, eloped with Daryl in Dushore, Pennsylvania, before settling down near Forksville.
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While living at the camp, Daryl and Brad had two children before founding, publishing, and editing a North American quarterly called the American Wrestling Journal(a small artsy magazine devoted to exploring the history, literature, art, and relevancy of amateur wrestling -- and described by Olympic and sport historian Harvey Abrams as a "rough-cut diamond").
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Brad taught wrestling and writing at the camp and his core wrestling staff produced stories, poetry and drawings for the magazine. By 1995, Brad had made a series of poor business decisions before evaluating his situation, values, family, and life. Together, he and his wife decided to leave the camp business even if that meant living in poverty - which it did (and led him on one of the most valuable journeys of his life [although the circumstances and stresses were not ones to which he would choose to return]). A year later, realizing that he was a teacher (albeit unlicensed) and curious about making it a career, Brad and his family moved to Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, on one-way tickets, $150 in his pocket, and a hope for a brighter future. In Shijiazhuang, Brad and his wife taught ESL and writing to advanced degree officers at one of China's top military colleges: The People's Liberation Army College of Ordnance Engineering. At the end of the year, they were invited to stay along with positions offered from 10 other Chinese colleges (including the prestigious Police Academy in Beijing). However, they decided to return to Pennsylvania where Brad accepted a teaching position at the Greenwood Friends School to help a Quaker community pilot a new, progressive, private, Friends middle school. Brad taught social studies, physical education, and life skills (carpentry) for the following three years (as well as K-5 P.E. for two of those years). While teaching, Brad also moonlighted with Learning Tomorrow, the educational division of Rand Whipple's mime theater company, now known as Box of Light Theatre, performing science shows in school assembly programs across Pennsylvania, southeast New York, and northern New Jersey. During the fall of 1999, Brad also taught beginning Chinese, and Chinese history, as a one-semester sabbatical replacement for Dr. Jing Luo at Bloomsburg University.
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Unable to buy land and build a home in a region many call the Checkerboard Rez, Brad and Daryl researched public schools across the country as they considered moving.
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Brad directed an alternative program for two years in Springfield before moving into his current position as the high school teacher at Opportunities. Through the process of teaching a broad range of content areas to a diverse spectrum of students regarding age, culture, history, economic class, and geographic region - and through what he has gained via his own personal struggles, failures, and successes - Brad feels enriched as an educator and what he brings into the classroom. Although Brad was accepted into the University of Vermont's doctoral program for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2005, he decided instead to focus on his family while studying Chinese from home. In 2008, Brad was chosen as one of 10 Vermont teacher-ambassadors to travel to China in July and August for 22 days, just prior to the Olympic Games, representing the Freeman Experiment Teacher's Project through World Learning, The Experiment in International Living, at the Graduate Studies Program for The School for International Training (Brad's website documenting their journey can be found here). Currently, Brad volunteers as an assistant coach with the Bellows Falls Union High School Wrestling Team and he teaches two courses at the Community College of Vermont (The Paper Arts at the Springfield campus and Multiculturalism in Education at the Upper Valley campus).
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Courtenay is a freshman at Bennington College, studying art, anthropology, and pungmul drumming; Sander, a junior at Green Mountain Union High School, is planning a journey with Brad to explore water issues from the glaciers of Greater Tibet to the Gobi Desert of Greater Mongolia.
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People's Republic of China, 1997 (photo by Brad Houk).
Copyright © 2007 by Brad Houk, All Rights Reserved
Letters: February 2-8, 2007
www.vermontguardian.com, 2 Feb 2007 [cached]
Brad Houk
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Brad Houk is a teacher at Opportunities In Learning (an alternative program in the Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union) and a parent of two GMUHS students.
Opportunities In Learning
wswsu.org, 1 Oct 2009 [cached]
Brad Houk, High School Teacher Opportunities In Learning
Opportunities In Learning Fletcher Farm Foundation, 609 Route 103-South, Ludlow, Vermont 05149 Phone: 802.228.2950 / FAX: 802.228.3144 Brad Houk
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High School Teacher: Brad Houk
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Brad Houk with his wife, Daryl, in Bennington, Vermont (October, 2009). Brad Houk has two degrees in design (i.e.: creative problem-solving) and one in teaching. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Arts and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, and his master's degree from the Graduate College of Design, North Carolina State University. After directing a summer sports camp, publishing a small artsy wrestling magazine, and teaching in a Chinese military college, a Friends private school, a state college, and a mime theater company, Brad decided, while living in Diné Bikéyah, to return to school to become a teacher. He completed a Master of Arts in Teaching program at Western New Mexico University-Gallup before moving to Vermont. Brad is a licensed and Highly Qualified Teacher in Vermont. He has regular education endorsements to teach secondary art, physical education, social studies, and agriculture & natural resources. Brad has also met the HQT requirements for his alternative assignment in science and English. In addition to teaching high school students at Opportunities, Brad volunteers with the Bellows Falls Union High School wrestling team and teaches two courses at the Community College of Vermont: The Paper Arts (Springfield campus) and Multiculturalism in Education (Upper Valley campus). Meanwhile, Brad is studying to attain a Vermont secondary regular education endorsement to teach Mandarin Chinese. This is Brad's fifth year at Opportunities In Learning. He values his students and colleagues and plans to remain contributing to the program which he finds ever so useful to the community ... and challenging and meaningful and fulfilling to himself. Brad is married to Daryl (a licensed teacher/preschool collaborative director) and they have two children, Courtenay and Sander.
Teacher Experiment - China 2008
www.wswsu.org, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Teacher-Ambassador: Brad Houk
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| Teacher Experiment - China 2008 Home | Brad Houk's China Blog 2010 | World Learning | Experiment in International Living | S.I.T. Graduate Institute | Beijing Olympics 2008 | WSWSU | Opportunities In Learning | Green Mountain Union HS
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Brad Houk's Bio
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Brad Houk's CV
Student Work
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Brad Houk
Brad Houk has two degrees in design (i.e.: creative problem-solving) and one in teaching. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Arts and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, and his master's degree from the Graduate College of Design, North Carolina State University. After directing a summer sports camp, publishing a small artsy wrestling magazine, and teaching in a Chinese military college, a Friends private school, a state college, and a mime theater company, Brad decided, while living in Diné Bikéyah, to return to school to become a teacher. He completed a Master of Arts in Teaching program at Western New Mexico University-Gallup before moving to Vermont. Brad is a licensed and Highly Qualified Teacher in Vermont. He has Level II general education endorsements to teach secondary art, physical education, and social studies. Brad has also met the HQT requirements for alternative assignments in science and English. In addition to teaching, Brad volunteers with the Bellows Falls Union High School wrestling team and teaches three courses at the Community College of Vermont: 1) Multiculturalism in Education at the Upper Valley campus; 2) The Paper Arts at the Springfield campus; and, 3) Dimensions of Freedom at the Springfield campus. Meanwhile, Brad just completed an Intermediate Mandarin Chinese course at The School for International Training, Brattleboro, as he works toward an endorsement to teach Chinese. Brad taught five years at Opportunities In Learning and has loved the experiences, the people, the growth. He wishes the students a smooth transition as they and the program move from The Fletcher Farm Foundation to Green Mountain Union High School. And he wishes his colleagues the best of luck in their future endeavors. Brad is married to Daryl (a licensed teacher/preschool collaborative director) and they have two children, Courtenay and Sander. Courtenay is sophomore at Bennington College and Sander is a senior at Green Mountain Union High School. Brad loves to hang out with his family, read, write, study Chinese, bicycle, run, lift weights, coach wrestling, watch movies, and travel. He considers travel essential not only to his own intellectual growth but to that of his children. Over the next few years he plans on traveling with them around the world.
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| Teacher Experiment - China 2008 Home | Brad Houk's China Blog 2010 | World Learning | Experiment in International Living | S.I.T. Graduate Institute | Beijing Olympics 2008 | WSWSU | Opportunities In Learning | Green Mountain Union HS
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