Dear Cooperative Catalysts,
My name is Casey Caronna. I pledged on here last week to not compromise myself or my students by participating in any sort of activity that would lead to the harm or construction of a false reality of learning, teaching, or schooling.
I want to first of all, thank each of you for allowing me to participate and be a part of Cooperative Catalyst, this cooperative blog is a tremendous application of theoretical discussions that began at Goddard College in January of 2010. I feel very excited to be a part of an active group, which strives to rely on one another for alliedship, cooperation, serious educational discussions, and as a transformational environment for new, cutting edge educational praxis. Thank you and I hope to be a valid contributor on this site as my progressive educational life continues on.
A little bit about myself. I am a 25 year old graduate student in the EDU program at Goddard College. I am working on my Masters of Arts in Education and my endorsement area is secondary social studies. My undergraduate studies were done at The Evergreen State College, a progressive liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington. Basically, my life for the last six years has been immersed in progressive educational environments, thoughts and behaviors. I turned down several traditional graduate school programs because they seemed to be the opposite of my belief in education. Taking the leap into Goddard has allowed me to not regret that decision. I feel privileged, honored, and blessed to be a part of such a transformational institution that has consistently stayed true to its values and commitments, with very little compromise.
I have been a married man for almost 3 years and I am wholeheartedly in love with my very best friend. Ashley is a nurse and works in a rest home here in Olympia, Washington. We have a cat named Cognac and are continually growing towards one another, even with the challenges of life, personality and the current economic conditions.
Finally, I am a devout Christian who is committed to the teachings of Christ and others who came before and after him. My Christianity shapes my moral compass, but probably not in many of the ways that traditional christians are portrayed as. I am a passivist, servant, adamant believer in the bible as truth and mostly literal, and is intrigued by the idea of how to reconcile my progressive educational ideas with my practices in my faith.
I hope this wasn’t inappropriate to post, but I thought it would be good to get to know who I am a little bit. I am still a little confused at how Cooperative Catalyst works, in terms of writing on topics, the “cascade” idea and commenting on others posts, I have never been a part of a cooperative blog before. I hope Adam can educate me a bit on it.
Oh, one final thing, I am currently doing edits on my thesis, which is entitled, The Reconceptualization of the Prevailing Assumptions of Community Education.
Thanks everybody, I look forward to exploring and collaborating with all of you in the near future.
In Educational Solidarity,
Casey K. Caronna