I am a veteran educator with more than a decade of experience teaching 6-12 social studies/history and almost another decade training middle and high school social studies teachers and working with local school districts to develop social studies curriculum.
I believe strongly in engaging students through real world applications of content through problem-based learning and simulations. I feel that if students experience an event or phenomenon, then they will remember it. I do not denigrate traditional, lecture-based styles of teaching history - in fact, direct instruction is vital to good social studies learning - but, I do not believe it is the only way to teach and in that void, I continually search for engaging and interactive ways for my students to learn.
2002-2003 JH Rose High School Teacher of the Year; 2002-2003 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year; 2003-2004 Northeast (NC) Regional Teacher of the Year; 2003-2004 Gilder-Lehrman Preserve America Teacher of the Year (National Finalist); 2006 NC DAR Oustanding Teacher of American History; 2014 UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching
BS History, East Carolina University - 1995; MAEd History Education, East Carolina University - 2002; EdD Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - 2006
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