I was born and raised in the small town of Fox Lake, IL. In 2000,
I attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE and graduated with a BA
in History in 2004. In college, I ran the entire Intramural Sports Department and worked with the College World Series developers.
Since my time at Creighton, I’ve taught in Omaha and Boston before
moving to Denver where I’ve been teaching at WWA since 2007.
About The Classroom
I only have 2 rules in my class:
1) Respect everything in the classroom
2) When in doubt, see rule #1
The class is truly a student-driven environment, and as I tell the students, the class is what they make it to be.
Participation is a key component in my classroom. History can be a boring subject without it, so I make it a point to involve the students as much as possible rather than talking to them/making them read all day. During activities, I expect students to provide creative and knowledgeable insight to the material. During lectures or readings, I will ask many questions that will hopefully instill discussion that goes beyond the information and into the students’ lives.
At the start of the year in 7th & 8th Grade, we will dissect what the students believe constitute an “underdog.” From there, throughout the course of the year, the students will be asked to identify underdogs in history while also justifying their choices using the guidelines they set earlier in the year. This helps create a sense of flow to the information and ties everything together under one common theme (i.e. an underdog in WWII can be compared to an underdog from the Civil Rights Movement). It is also a great way to earn Extra Credit all year long!
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