Joe Rivers is the President of the Brattleboro Historical Society. He is also a social studies teacher at Brattleboro Area Middle School. He serves on the editorial board of the professional journal, Middle Grades Review and is a member of the Vermont Middle Grades Collaborative, an organization consisting of colleges and classroom practitioners providing ongoing professional development for teachers of 10-15 year olds.
Joe, and his students, have shared their use of social media to highlight local Brattleboro history at the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies, Dynamic Landscapes and Vermont Fest conferences. Radio, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the emphasized mediums. Working in conjunction with the Brattleboro Historical Society and WKVT, the students participate in the research, writing, recording and posting of local history. Joe received his undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College and his graduate degree from Castleton State College.