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The History Department at UMass Lowell provides a broad introduction to civilizations of the past and present, including those of antiquity, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Read more...

Matthew Peltier looking up from "The First American Army" book

UMass Lowell History Department Alum Spotlight

Introducing Matthew Peltier ('18) ...

Since earning his B.A. in History, Matthew has been occupied teaching middle- and high-school students in some of the local school systems.

While a graduate student in UMass Lowell’s Education program (2018-19), he completed his student teaching at Tyngsboro High School, where he was able to stay on as a per diem substitute teacher and later as a long-term substitute. He taught ninth- and 10th-grade "U.S. History" through the end of that school year. 

In fall 2019, he taught 10th-grade "World History" at Lexington High School. After that temporary position ended that December, he served as a per diem substitute teacher mostly in the Lexington middle and high schools. 

In fall 2020, he began working as a special education instructional assistant at Burlington Middle School, which he found very rewarding. As this past school year progressed, he began to teach temporarily eighth-grade English Language Arts classes, which was an interesting and exciting opportunity for him to expand beyond teaching history. Among the books he and his students read and discussed was "Fahrenheit 451." 


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Kady Phelps '17, '18 History

Kady Phelps came to UMass Lowell to major in education, but history caught up with her. She earned her master’s degree in history and the Excellence in Students Cultural Heritage Award for her work on an exhibit about Portuguese immigration to Lowell.

I feel really blessed to be in Massachusetts and here in Lowell in particular, with all the history.