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Bob Sheahan

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Bob Sheahan

Bob Sheahan taught high school history from 1971 to 2002, and in the process had a dramatic and positive impact on hundreds of students. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany and then SUNY Cortland, Mr. Sheahan also coached varsity boys’ basketball at South High from 1971 to 1979, mentoring standouts like Eddie Potter, Jake Knapp and Billy Lennox. He also served as Varsity Club advisor, and was director of the Moreau Recreation summer basketball program from 1974 to 1979.  Mr. Sheahan chaired the high school history department from 1987 to 1992, and was also Key Club advisor, and building representative and vice president of the South Glens Falls Faculty Association.

For 20 years he directed the training of student teachers at South High, and coordinated student participation in the Model Congress.  He helped New York State develop social studies curriculum that introduced a new transitional syllabus for grades 7-9, and created a Participation in Government course with the emphasis on the Socratic method of critical thinking.  Mr. Sheahan also created interdisciplinary course curriculum, joining American Government with American Literature, and allowing students to develop a broader and more comprehensive understanding of key concepts while improving their ability to gather, analyze and communicate information.

An adjunct professor in American Politics at the University at Albany, he implemented “Standards of Excellence through Demonstrations of Understanding,” a system of professional education that allows educators to instruct students in content while developing other skills that guide success.

Very active in the community, he served 11 years on the Moreau Community Center Board of Directors, and was president of the board from 1992 to 1996.  He also served as president of the St. Michael’s Church Parish Council from 1984 to 1986, was a member of the Friends of Crandall Library, and served as the Town of Moreau representative on the Crandall Library Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.  From 2005 to 2009, he worked with Twin Rivers Council of Boy Scouts of America developing a Character Education program throughout the council. Mr. Sheahan was also active in the South Glens Falls and Glens Falls Rotary Clubs, and he coached Little League in South Glens Falls from 1985 to 1991.

Mr. Sheahan and his wife, Joan, have been married for 46 years. They have two children, Michael and Colleen, and two grandchildren, Connor and Caroline. They now live in South Carolina.