Life’s journey has brought Ted to Ursinus College on May 1, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Morris County, NJ. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and honorably discharged as a Sergeant. While serving, he attended East Stroudsburg University, graduating with a BA in history. He later attended graduate school at ESU.
He started his diverse career path as a National Park Service ranger at Morristown NHP and Thomas A. Edison NHS (West Orange, NJ). Then transferred to the US Department of Labor, Division of Federal Employees Compensation, as a claims examiner in lower Manhattan. His office processed hundreds of survivor’s and victim’s families benefit claims filed after the WTC & the Hamilton USPS facility anthrax attacks. After retiring from the federal government, he moved to Montgomery County, PA.
He started here as a tour guide, educating hundreds of schoolchildren around Philadelphia’s historic district. He was a museum educator at Colonial Pennsylvanian Plantation, a tour guide manager at Cliveden, a museum assistant at Peter Wentz Farmstead, and a Montgomery County park ranger/historian at Norristown Farm Park. He also gives talks, lectures and demonstrations to audiences on the American Revolution and Colonial life for private groups and organizations.
Ted is happily married to Phuong Duc, a.k.a. Brook, and a proud father of two sons, Theodore, a Musical Theatre & Opera dual major at Oklahoma City University (class of 2020), and Thomas, a Sports Management major at Bowling Green University (class of 2021). Brook & Ted have three very spoiled fur babies.
Ted and his wife foster rescue dogs, volunteer at AARK Wildlife Sanctuary, volunteer at historic sites, and fire cannons at American Revolutionary battle reenactments. He likes to read, hike, cook (especially Vietnamese), play music and watch movies.
To share what knowledge, skills and abilities I have obtained in this life with the next generation in hopes of sparking a flame of interest in my passions: community service, natural & historical preservation, visitor services and safety, animal rescue, American history & culture, and life-long learning.