I have been teaching since 2003. My experience is wide ranging, as are the Virginia communities I have served. While I have taught 5th through 12th grade, my primary experience is teaching 12th grade government, from team taught to AP Government and Politics. Materials sold in this store are for standard, honors, and AP GOPO. All products for AP GOPO are indicated as such.
I believe in variety; trying to foster in my students the ability to succeed in the college environment. I primarily use primary and secondary source documents in my classroom in a variety of methods, including research projects, policy briefs, simulations, lectures, discussion groups, games, field trips, speakers, activities, and other activities.
• 2017 Candidate – National Board Certified Teacher (target completion June 2017) • 2017 John Marshall Foundation Teacher of the Year for excellence in teaching the US Constitution in the Commonwealth of Virginia • 2016 James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellow, Commonwealth of Virginia • Member of George Lucas Foundation’s Knowledge in Action PBL Project, Fairfax County Cohort 1 • Teacher Advisory Panel Member: Virginia Public Access Project • 2016 Participant in Minority Advanced Placement Student Achievement Grant, Fairfax High School • 2016 Three-time presenter at the NCSS Conference: C3 Civil Rights Unit, JMMFF Civil Rights, and AP Government Teachers on Facebook Poster Presentation • 2015 Presenter at the NCSS Conference on the C3 Framework Initiative with the ABA Learning Team • 2015 Participant in the NCSS Collaborative C3 Framework Initiative as a member of the ABA Learning Team focusing on Civic Education • Guest host on Twitter Chat #hsgovchat 2015 • Administrator/Share Drive Curator for AP Government Facebook Group • Two-time presenter at Fairfax County Social Studies Summer In-Service, 2014 on Boomerang unit and 2015 on C3 Framework initiative • 2014 Presenter at the VCSS Conference on using Michael Lewis’s Boomerang in the Honors Government class
I have a B.A. in political science from Wheeling Jesuit University and an M.Ed in education from George Mason University. I am a James Madison Fellow for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and anticipate completing my M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech in 2019. I have also worked on election campaigns, as a contractor for the EPA in various capacities, and am an Election Officer in my community.
I have a blog! Check me out @ http://lovgov.weebly.com/ and on facebook @ lovgov. I take time to go through lessons, review resources, and swap ideas. Stop on by!
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, Law, Political Science, Geography, For All Subject Areas, Economics , Criminal Justice - Law, Writing, Writing-Essays