I taught in a large, ethnically diverse, and economically challenged Southern Californian high school. I have successfully taught World History, US History, AP US History, and US Government courses over the past 8 years.
My personal teacher style is student centered based upon mutual respect and admiration of all partners in education - parents, teachers, students and administrators. In addition, all members of the class - both teacher and students - are expected to respect one another and treat each other with respect day in and day out. My teaching style ranges from direct instruction, independent work, and both small group and classroom wide activities depending on the classroom learning needs. Active learning is the rule of the day and that requires me to have a strong presence in the classroom as a teacher who actively engages all students and holds everyone - regardless of their ability or situation - responsible for their part in the educational process. In my classes, no one is allowed to hide. We learn, we get work done and we also make sure that we have fun! Education does not have to be a joyless process!
I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts History - cum laude (with honors) degree that I am proud of and I made the Dean's list on multiple occasions in college. I earned Teacher of the Month at my school once or twice! ; ) My students describe me as a "strict but fair" teacher and my colleagues respect my teaching and my ability to ensure that learning takes place in my classroom. Honestly, you can't really ask for anything more than that.
I hold a Bachelors of Arts History degree - cum laude and a Single Subject Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Science (SB 2042 CLAD) from Cal State University San Marcos. My Masters of History is in progress and I have Advanced to Candidacy. I am an active member of the American Historical Association, California Council for the Social Studies, and I was a teacher/participant of the Teaching American History Grant through the University of California, Irvine. My lessons and unit plans for World and US History have been adopted enthusiastically throughout our Social Science Department and the district in general. Lessons, unit plans and semester scope and sequence pacing guides have been adopted as the standard within the district. I am now bringing what I have learned in the past 8 years of day-to-day classroom teaching to a wider audience and I am looking to develop classroom curriculum and digital texts on a full-time basis.
I am an honorably discharged veteran (U.S. Army Infantry, 1987-1990) whose love of history came from experiences as an Infantryman stationed in West Germany during the last years of the Cold War. I witnessed the disintegration of the Iron Curtain first hand and after working in the business field and the computer industry, I became a teacher and shared my love of history with others. I live in Riverside, California with my wife Tammy and my son James.