Keith "Mr. Z" Zoromski taught for eight years in the Carthage R-9 School District in Carthage, Missouri. After earning his Masters Degree in American History, he became the Social Science Division Chair at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. Professionally, Keith began his career with an internship with the Federal Government working for the National Park Service of the Department of the Interior. With an opportunity to combine both his background in political science and American history, Keith served as a historical interpreter to hundreds to visitors to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Within his school, Keith has sponsored a Social Studies Club, Odyssey of the Mind team, Relay for Life team, and an Academic Quiz Bowl team. In an unofficial capacity, he has assisted students with National History Day projects. Keith currently serves as Social Studies Department Chair within his school and Social Studies Vertical Team co-chair. Annually he portrays famed Pilgrim, William Bradford, in an area-wide “Great Americans Day” held for local fifth grade students. At Columbian Elementary in Carthage he has also portrayed George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Cat-in-the-Hat for Kindergarten and First grade students. Within his own classroom he uses various historical reenactments to bring history to life.
Most recently named "Favorite Teacher" by the Carthage Press Newspaper and awarded the Citizenship Education Award from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Keith has been an aclaimed teacher since arriving in Carthage. Keith was also included in the first class of “Statement Makers,” by the Iowa State University Alumni Association in 2010, recognizing achievements by young alumni. In 2007 Keith was named the Wal-Mart / Phi Delta Kappa Regional Teacher of the Year. In 2009 he was named a Carthage Chamber of Commerce Golden Key Winner (for excellence in education). He also received the "Great Teaching Idea Award" from the State of Missouri Department of Secondary Education in February 2009. At the state level, also in February of 2009, Missouri State Representative (Dist. 127) Tom Flanigan introduced a resolution that passed unanimously to recognize Keith Zoromski for his teaching and impact on students and his community. Locally, Keith was selected and awarded as “Teacher of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2590 in 2010.
Keith received a B.A. in Political Science, with a Minor in History and a Secondary Education Certification in 2004 from Iowa State University. Keith also has a M.A. in American History, received in December 2009 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Keith has presented nationally regarding educational best practices in higher-order thinking lessons and the full assimilation of students with disabilities into the general classroom. This work as an educational consultant was requested through the through the International Center for Leadership in Education based out of Rexford, New York. Within his community, Keith is a Past-President for the Carthage Community Teachers Association, a local branch of the Missouri State Teachers Association. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association that aids efforts to support the George Washington Carver National Birthplace Monument in Diamond, Missouri.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, Arts & Music, Music, British History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, Informational Text