Five College Consortium

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:
Native Americans of New England

Robin Gurdak-Foley

Robin Gurdak-Foley

Robin Gurdak-Foley lives in the Connecticut River Valley with her husband of 26 years, Rick, and their 18 year old daughter, Alexis. Alexis is currently attending college in Boston. The family shares their home with a fifteen year old Siamese cat named Ming. Collecting school supplies for the children of El Corazon de Jesus in Santiago, Dominican Republic is a family hobby. Robin is an avid reader and prefers nonfiction to fiction. Her hobbies are reading and bird watching. A perfect day would be spent on the beach watching piping plovers scurry by while reading a good book. Robin’s great grandparents owned a hotel in one of the five towns flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Her best friend , since they were five years old,lives on Maui and they meet on Nantucket every June. ! ! Robin has traveled all over the world, but she has lived her entire life in the state of Massachusetts, Land of the Blue Hills. She holds five degrees, all from state institutions, the latest a CAGS in Special Education from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been teaching children in Massachusetts for more than thirty years, in both urban and rural settings, except for a stint in Cambridge, England in 1985. Robin, an Early Childhood Specialist, has taught integrated preschool, kindergarten, third grade, and community college over the years. Her favorite subjects to teach are science and social studies, with an intense unit on Japan…and now one about Native Americans! 

Lesson Plan: Authentic Native American Foods Sought and/or Prepared by New England Tribes Prior to Contact.