Michael Pitblado

Michael Pitbaldo

HISTORY INSTRUCTOR

Michael Pitblado earned degrees from Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Education) and the University of New Brunswick (Master of Arts). As an undergraduate, he also had the extraordinary privilege of studying at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in southern England. Mr. Pitblado has taught history courses at the University of Waterloo and is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s where his research focuses on the unique challenges educators face when teaching the history of the Holocaust.

Developing historical thinking skills is at the heart of Mr. Pitblado’s approach to learning about the past. His students gain a deep understanding of historical events and processes through active engagement with historical texts.

His passion for history stems from his own travels and experiential learning: hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, climbing to the summit of Vimy Ridge and walking the beaches of Normandy in France, humbly visiting the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau on the outskirts of Munich in Germany, swimming with alligators in the Monkey River of Belize, having his decoy wallet stolen by professional pickpockets in Mexico City, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, sitting in awe of the ancient Greek temple of Apollo at Delphi, and proudly singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on game day at Liverpool Football Club’s storied Anfield home in England.

These days, when not in the classroom, you’ll find Mr. Pitblado getting into new adventures with his wife Agnieszka and their son Henry.