|Subject / Grade||Social Studies 7, Social Studies 8|
|"With guns you can kill terrorists. With education you can kill terrorism."|
|-- Malala Yousafzai|
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My Education and Professional Background
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 (Go Cats!) with a degree in political science and a minor in history. I then enrolled in the Master's program in history at Arizona State University, where I noticed for the first time how few undergraduate college students had the enthusiasm for history that I did. So I did what anyone who cares about social studies would do: I left grad school to teach middle school instead. I completed my required coursework in secondary education at ASU West in 2001, and since then, I've taught English, social studies, gifted education, and summer seminars for gifted students in Greek mythology and Renaissance studies. I have also served as a gender equity specialist in education. I recently completed a Master's of American History and Government at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe all students can learn, but not everyone learns the same way or at the same rate. I view learning as similar to Olympic sports- you might not get it the first time, and that's okay. You just need to keep trying- your future is much too important to give up on after one try. This means that learning can be- and ought to be- frustrating at times. It will also sometimes be simple or fun or even emotional at times. Because of my content area, I also have to balance the discovery of facts with the use of critical thinking for my students. Of all the things a student can learn from the social sciences, the ability to analyze information, form an opinion, and defend that opinion is probably the most crucial, both for the long-term success of the student and the continuation of our political system.
The Choice is Yours! Why Choose AJHS?
I chose to interview at AJHS because the school- and CUSD in general- has an excellent reputation in the academic community. I choose to stay here because of the people I work with -- caring and knowledgeable teachers, proactive and enthusiastic administrators, efficient and dedicated staff -- and the people I work for: the students and families of AJHS. This is truly a community of great people... that is evident in our A+ certification.
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