Drew Wendt serves as Department Chair of Social Studies and Coordinator of Community Service while teaching AP Government, 21st Century Civics, and the community service classes at Nitro High School. In addition to participating in drafting the Content Standards and Objectives for the 12th Grade in West Virginia, he designed numerous online civics units for the State Department of Education and four separate problem-based learning frameworks.
President Woodrow Wilson, when describing social studies instruction, gave us all the charge, “Your real and proper object, after all, is not to expound, but to realize it, consort with it, and make your spirit kin with it, so that you may never shake the sense of obligation off.” (1) By selecting some of the choicest conflicts found in contradictory primary sources, scaffolding student reading, and guiding our students with discussion we can reveal the principles and practices of American Government. -(1) Woodrow Wilson, Princeton in the Nation's Service, The Papers of Woodrow Wilson October 21st, 1896
-James Madison Fellow -Goethe Institute Fellow -Karen Payne Award for Community Service 2006 -Gilder Lehrman Social Studies Teacher of the Year for West Virginia 2010 -Daughters of American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History 2013
B.A. from the University of Charleston in social studies education with a minor in Leadership as a Welch Colleague Nearly complete Masters in American History in Government from Ashland University as a James Madison Fellow
Hallmarks of my classroom instruction is the yearly mock trial where students become the lawyers, witnesses, and jury members all to win their case and a spot on the Wall of Fame. We are also working on a bill in the WV legislature.