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Former RCC student joins full-time history faculty

After three years as an adjunct instructor with Rappahannock Community College, Matthew Brent has just become a full-time assistant history professor. A native of Lancaster County, Brent is a graduate of Lancaster High School who earned college credit through RCC’s dual enrollment courses. Now, at RCC, he teaches history and political science.

“I hope that my students take away an appreciation for the past, the country that our founding fathers built, and the system of governance that they established for us,” he says. When students who like his teaching style sign up for another of his courses, he takes it as a great compliment.

Brent holds the degrees of bachelor of arts in history with a communication minor from Christopher Newport University, master of science in education with concentration on curriculum, instruction, and assessment design from Walden University, and master of arts in history and political science from Western New Mexico University, as well as a postgraduate professional teaching license with endorsements in history and social sciences, and speech communication. “I look forward to continually bettering myself through education and professional development so that I can enhance my service to our students,” he says.

In addition to teaching at Lancaster High School before coming to RCC, Brent served as chair of the LHS social studies department, mentored new teachers, and was president for three years of the Lancaster Education Association. “I was also fortunate to be chosen to serve on several state committees relating to state assessments in social studies,” he says. He is a member of the Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Northern Neck Kiwanis Club. As a Kiwanis member, he serves as the Key Club zone administrator for high school Key Clubs in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Richmond areas.

Brent lives in Northumberland County with his wife, Tara (who is the Lancaster/Northumberland 4-H agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension), and their two pre-school-age children.

3 Responses to “Former RCC student joins full-time history faculty”

  1. Michael says:

    Woo hoo go Mr.Brent!

  2. Meagan says:

    Way to go, Mr. Brent! Congrats! :D

  3. Lois Gray says:

    YAY!! I love your teaching style, History has never been so interesting and easy to learn. Glad to see you are going to be here full time!!!

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