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Amber D.
History Enthusiast and Castle Docent of Smithsonian Institution
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About Amber

About Amber
Hello! My name is Amber. I am a doctorate student studying History at Liberty University. I am always eager to teach the stories of the past to others. My hobbies include playing acoustic guitar and painting celestial landscapes.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I gained over five years of experience as a teaching assistant within church and college work-study organizations. Afterward, I was a substitute teacher at Riverdale Baptist School. Working as a Castle Docent, I have the privilege of teaching history to visitors that come into the Smithsonian Castle.
Education
Liberty University
History
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2020 - 2022
Liberty University
History
Master's Degree
2019 - 2020
Randolph College
Literature (Creative Writing)
Bachelor's Degree
2014 - 2018

Work Experience

Work Experience
Smithsonian Institute Building, Castle Docent
2018 - Present
• Representing the Smithsonian Institution by leading tours in the castle every other Saturday; researched the history of the castle; Informing people about the founder and exactly how his donation led to the first building that represents “the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. • Acknowledged as the youngest Castle Docent of the Institution in the Smithsonian 2019 newsletter.
Ford’s Theater Society, History Intern
2019 - 2019
• Data collection for exhibition evaluation; including interviews, and timing and tracking with visitors of all ages. • Researching and preparing online historical content for the “Remembering Lincoln” digital collection; basic online archive updates (Drupal); preparing historical content for the online sites; Learning Tessitura customer management system.
Sister Cities International, Research Intern
2019 - 2019
• Worked directly with Sister Cities International’s leadership; researching information, using online databases or other publications. • Proofread; edited; critiqued; checked references; compiled bibliographies; wrote literature reviews; summarized research materials, managed multiple projects and/or tasks and easily switched focus as required; etc.
Riverdale Baptist School, Substitute Teacher
2018 - 2019
• Part-time position (on-call) for the 2018-2019 academic year; Provided cover, often at short notices, for absent teachers; acted as an assistant for teachers in classrooms. • Followed instructions of administration and lead teacher substitute plans for various content areas in all subjects for grades Pre-K-12th, while managing and addressing a classroom environment of up to 30 students.
Randolph College, Student Curatorial Research Assistant
2017 - 2018
• Conducted historical research of relevant photos and documentation through scholarly internet databases and library collections. • Edited content of the enslaved exhibition for the Berkley Plantation museum; assisted the professor during the semester after the final grade was given to ensure that it would be ready for display. • Achieved teamwork and independent work skills, along with experience in historical research.
Randolph College Lipscomb Library, Circulation Student Assistant
2017 - 2018
• Checked in/out books and DVDs into the library’s online data system. • Answered phones and resolved patron needs through customer service and knowledge of library procedures. • Organized and shelved cataloged books and DVDs. • Mentored a new hire with learning the day-to-day functions of the library.

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