I have been a Social Studies Teacher since earning my Bachelors Degree in History Education in 2007. I have since earned 3 Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. I currently teach A.P. U.S. History and American Law. Other courses I have taught over the course of my career include: Integrated Social Science, Human Geography, U.S. History.
I use a Power Point Presentation every single day both to clarify the lesson's objectives and guide my actual presentation of material. My presentations begin with a slide stating the Learning Target(s) of the lesson, as well as corresponding vocabulary terms and the day's agenda. I would describe my typical lesson as discussion-based (guided by PPT slides), interrupted with a short activity, video clip, or soundbite.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year State Winner. 2018 VFW Teacher of the Year Local Chapter Nominee. 2017 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel: Teacher of the Year Nominee. 2017 Graduation name-reader. 2014 District Outstanding Contributor to Education. 2014 Lawrence W. McBride Outstanding Student Teacher Finalist. 2007 Distinguished Teacher Portfolio. 2007
Concordia University, M.A. in Educational Technology: Curriculum and Instruction. 2018 Concordia University, M.A. in School Leadership. 2013 National Louis University, M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies. 2011 Illinois State University, B.A. in History Education. 2007
In 2019, 77 out of my 78 students took the APUSH national exam. 67.5% earned a 3 or higher as compared to the global average of 53.6%. My school has 28% low-income students. I was incredibly proud of these results. I am fortunate to teach very devoted kids! Over the course of my career, I have done a lot of work with staff development. Because of my work in this area, I am confident that my year-long goals, unit overviews, and daily lesson plans are well-designed. I make a concerted effort to align each day's learning target with my long-term course objectives and summative assessments.