In order to be an effective, a teacher must know their content area. With a strong foundation in the content area, a teacher can create better lessons that are engaging, successful, meaningful, and have an impact on student learning. In social studies, teachers must have knowledge of a variety of specific subjects like history, government, anthropology, geography, etc. An effective social studies teacher is able to weave together these disciplines in the classroom to help students make connections among them and even across disciplines.

I have a solid foundational understanding of social studies content. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2006. I also earned minors in Anthropology and French. In addition, I received a Recognition of Excellence for my high score on the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam. This indicates that I performed in the top 15% of test takers.

During my time at Penn State I took many courses in the social studies. Please see below for a complete listing.

World History:
  • Western Heritage I
  • Western Heritage II
  • Egyptian Civilization
  • Aztec, Maya, and Incas
  • Indian History
  • Modern African History
  • Medieval Celtic Studies
  • Art History
  • Fascism and Nazism
  • The Holocaust in France through Literature and Film
  • Ascent of Humanity
  • French Colonial Encounters
  • French Culture and Civilization

American History:
  • American Civ to 1877
  • American Civ from 1877
  • American Military History
  • Consumer Revolution (1950s America)
  • American Organized Crime

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Archeology - Intro
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archeology Lab Analysis
  • Primitive Warfare

  • Writing in the Humanities
  • Psychology - Intro
  • Sociology - Intro

In addition to these courses, I fulfilled my requirements for Virginia state certification by completing the following additional courses.

  • American National Government
  • World Affairs
  • Criminal Procedure (the U.S. Justice System)

  • Microeconomics