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All About Joseph Cofield
Joseph Cofield
 
 
Joseph Cofield
 
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Joseph L. Cofield has led an extremely interesting life, which explains his passion for service, education, and the U. S. Constitution in particular. 

He served his country for 21 years as a career Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in a number of foreign countries. 
 
He has earned higher education degrees in both business and education with a special emphasis on history and the U. S. Constitution, and has earned certificates in Organizational Leadership and Advanced Public Speaking.

Joseph has used his degrees and certificates to serve his community in a variety of ways.  After serving his country, he began 15 years of teaching social studies to students in grades 6 - 12.  Along the way he has earned 8 prestigious awards for teaching and service, and has served in 12 different educational and service organizations.  He is very active in his church, Rotary Club Naples Collier (whose motto is "Service Above Self") and a volunteer with Boys and Girls Club Naples, Florida.

In 2007, he was accepted into a prestigious educational program at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he became a graduate of the James Madison Fellowship Foundation Program and THAT is where his passion for the United States Constitution was ignited. 

Joseph has also served our world by working with fellow educators in Tanzania, Africa to help them build a school in a community that did not have one, giving students the opportunity to attend and learn.

Joseph often states, “I have answered both my calling as a soldier and educator, and feel equally proud to have served in both professions.”


 
EDUCATION:
Joseph earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 at University of Maryland College Park, in Business Management as well as his Associate of Arts Degree, German Studies, 1996.

He earned a Master of Science in History degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2001, which prepared him for his 15 years of teaching social studies in grades 6-12.

Joseph also earned a Master of Arts in History from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2103 which allowed him to be a master teacher of the Constitution. He also has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Most recently Joseph has earned a Toastmaster Academy, Certificate of Completion – Advanced Public Speaking Educational Series 2015 - 2016 which has prepared him for another passion - speaking to groups about our U. S. Constitution.

 
AWARDS:

Victory Florida Award, Dedication to Constitutional Education for Students, 2016
Paul Harris Fellow. Awarded June 29, 2016 by Rotary Club International
Rotarian of the Year 2016
Phi Delta Kappa International Golden Key, 2010
Professional Educator Network of Florida Teacher of the year, 2008
Phi Delta Kappa International Educator of the Year, 2007
James Madison Fellowship, 2007
College Reach Out Program, Coordinator of the Year, 2006
Wal-Mart, Teacher of the Year, 2005


ORGANIZATIONS:

Eisenhower Academy, completed July 2013
Bonita Springs Historical Society, member since 2007
Florida Conference Society, member since 2010
Florida Historical Society, member since 2011
American Historical Association, member since 2011
Dr. Carter G. Wooden African American Museum, member since 2010
Phi Delta Kappa International, member since 2003 (Life Member)
Professional Educator Network, member since 2005
Bonita Springs Lions Club, 2003
National Educator Association, since 2004
Troops to Teachers Program, 1998
Educator with Lee County Public School System, teacher since 1999
Rotary Club Naples-Collier, Present
Volunteer Boys and Girls Club Naples, Florida
American Legion Post 336, North Fort Myers.
 
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: 
        
Daughters American Revolution Big Cypress Chapter - 2016
Wartburg College German-American History Conference – 2013
Florida Historical Society Annual History Conference, 2012