I am a National Board Certified Teacher with ten years of experience teaching in a large urban public high school. I taught Social Studies courses (primarily World Religions and American History) to all levels of students including Advanced Placement, standard, and English as a Second Language with great success. I also adjusted instruction for several visually impaired and Deaf students in my courses. When not teaching, I coached sports, advised the Habitat for Humanity club, mentored new and beginning teachers, and developed curriculum for our department and district.
I don't like to rely too heavily on lecture, and so I've learned to incorporate a huge variety of activities into my classroom. You'll find primary source work, simulations, creative assignments and more in my store. That being said, learning can't just be entertainment, it has to be meaningful and relevant. It's important to me that students understand why history matters.
Some recent awards and honors include: • Article spotlighting AP US History class blog: http://www.sherpalearning.com/blogs/a-push-to-innovate/kate-harris (2015) • Teacher of the Year nominee (2013 and 2015), Teacher of the Month winner (Oct 2012) • Superintendents Staff Appreciation Award (2009) • University Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha International Political Science Honor Society, Terry Sanford Foundation Travel Award, and the J. H. and E. B. Thompson Award (fully funding honors thesis research in Guatemala)
I attended Duke University in Durham, NC (July 2005) for my M.A. in Teaching Social Studies. My undergraduate education took place at the other end of Tobacco Road at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where I earned a B.A. in Political Science with Highest Honors and had an English minor.
Want more information? Check out my professional website at: http://www.katevilanovaharris.com