I spent 10 years in the classroom at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, Colorado (Eagle County School District). I began teaching World and United States History. I then spent 9 years teaching Government and Economics. I created original curriculum for a Current Issues class. For 4 years, I took on teaching American Government in a lecture hall setting to give students at our relatively small school exposure to the college lecture experience. In my last 2 years I took over the Advanced Placement Government class as well where my students test scores proved to be very successful, with over 85% of my students scoring 3's, 4’s and 5’s. Additionally, I coordinated and guided 5 trips to Washington DC with students, including 3 Presidential Inaugurations.
I believe that Social Studies classes can be the most engaging classes in the school if teachers are able to make the content come alive through relevant and varied lesson plans.
AP Government Test Scores: 2012 - 85% scored 4's and 5's, 2013 - 87% scored 3's and 5's; Excellence in Teaching Award, Teacher Incentive Fund Grant – 2011; Outstanding Educator, Public Education Foundation of Eagle County – 2010; Outstanding Educator Nominee – 2005, 2007; Outstanding Educator Nominee – Rookie of the Year, 2004; Outstanding Leadership Recognition, Taylor University, 2001
BS in Social Studies Education from Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), 2003
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English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, World History, Political Science, Geography, Economics , Criminal Justice - Law