I have been teaching at the High School level in New York City since 2001. As a Social Studies teacher, I have taught the Global History and Geography, U.S. History, Constitutional Law, Economics, and World History through Literature curricula. The majority of my students passed the Global History and Geography and U.S. History Regents exams here in New York, and the majority of those students have achieved Mastery on the Regents exam in Global as well.
My teaching style is quite labor- and technology-intensive. From the moment I begin the class, we operate with a variety of techniques. I use a laptop and PowerPoint through much of the lessons to deliver a combination of text, imagery, and maps. In general, the class 'Do Now' usually asks the students to analyze some form of a document on the screen and to write down the analysis as part of their notes. Following this analysis, which I try to keep to no more than 5 - 7 minutes, I do a short lecture to explain the details behind the lesson. A corresponding PowerPoint will give a condensed outline of the discussion, to enhance my students comprehension. Following the explanation of the lesson, we will go into an application of the lesson, which tends to be in the form of a Document-Based Question, a more creative reading (involving a sort of dialogue), video clips which I use from YouTube, or other means of application. Following these applications, we have a summary to the lesson. We will evaluate our applications, use those evaluations to answer the Aim, and, if time remains, pose further questions on the particular topic or complete our applications if necessary.
My first and foremost honor and award is having the opportunity to work with some of the most hardworking and creative young adults of New York City. On a more tangible note, I have been fortunate to have several pieces of work posted on the Korea Society website. These came after I was selected for the Fellowship in Korean Studies by that same organization in 2009. In addition, I also participated in the 2002 China and Japan Projects offered by the American Forum for Global Education.
From 1985 to 1988, I attended St. Angela Academy in Aiken, South Carolina. From 1988 to 1993, I attended the University of South Carolina, pursuing my undergraduate in International Studies and a teaching certification in Secondary Education - Social Studies. From 2002 to 2008, I pursued my Master of Arts in History at City University of New York, Hunter College. My M.A. thesis was a focus on the evolution of truth commissions in Sub-Saharan Africa from 1974 to 2004.
I am married, have two beautiful daughters, and the most mellow dog. Life's been good to me!
Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, British History, Other (Social Studies - History), Religion, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, African History