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York County history blog is one more teaching tool for this YCP alum

Jamie Kinsley, York College Class of 2012, on the history blog she founded and oversees, ‘If I can package history [to be] more fun and entertaining, then I did my job,’

By Arianna Keller

York College of Pennsylvania teaches students the tools for success. There are many examples of successful alumni, including Jamie Kinsley, who received her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education social studies in 2012.

Throughout her time at YCP, she was involved in a number of things. Her first year, Kinsley ran track and she was part of the Student Education Association. She couldn’t do too much because she had to finance herself throughout college.

There is one thing that stuck with Jamie, and that’s when her friend from high school said, “Just don’t follow blindly.” They were talking about spiritual beliefs and religion but it’s a quote that will be with her forever. She even has a tattoo of the saying on her back.

Kinsley now teaches Social Studies at the Milton Hershey school. She teaches more than just social studies here; she also teaches a character development class. She designed the class to enhance students’ social skills and soft skills. In the class she stresses the importance of integrity and financial literacy.

Jamie now teaches social studies at the Milton Hershey school. She teaches more than just social studies here, she also teach a character development class. She designed the class to enhance students social skills and soft skills. In the class she stresses the importance of integrity and financial literacy.

While teaching at Milton Hershey, Jamie is dealing with low-income students.

“Teaching kids in poverty is a whole other ball game,” she says. A lot of the students Kinsley worked with had adverse childhood experiences and trauma that affects their day-to-day lives.

There is a need to teach low-income students since they “are socially needy and need good role models,” she says, adding that she “really likes the idea of helping the next generation.”

After graduating from York College, she later earned her master’s in American Studies and her doctorate from Penn State and, according to her bio, enjoys bringing the concepts she learns to the classroom of her students.

Teaching is one her passions but so is history. For her, history was more than a subject, it was a way for her to connect with her father. History is very special to her, so she created her own history blog called “Wandering in York County.” She has been running the blog for two and a half years, something she calls her “version of philanthropy.” She uses her writing skills and love for history to persuade people that history is fun, “If I can package history [to be] more fun and entertaining, then I did my job,” she says.

She writes in recent posts about the infamous Earl Shaffer of York County, the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, and also about her experience of making dandelion wine.

Jamie Kinsley has lived a very successful life in more ways than one. Other than her career she has a lot of confidence in herself as a person and is financially independent.

It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows. She’s had to climb over some tall walls and jump over some high hurdles, she says, to know who she is now.

Arianna Keller is a senior graduating in 2021, majoring in mass communications and minoring is film studies

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