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Level 3 Individuals & Societies
Hello! Welcome to 8th grade Individuals and Societies - otherwise known as social studies! I am excited to be your guide through the history of North Carolina and the United States this year. As a history major, I've always enjoyed the study of our past, especially as it applies to our beautiful state of NC. I hold a Master's degree in Middle Grades Education from UNCC and a BS in Social Studies Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylavania. I taught in Cabarrus County Schools for 14 years before taking some time off to raise my son. Recently, I have served as a volunteer and a substitute teacher at Lake Norman Elementary, where my son is a 4th grader. I am so thankful to be back in a classroom full time here at Mount Mourne IB!
Outside the classroom, I enjoy traveling (especially to the beach!), watching football (Go Penn State!) and basketball (my son plays both sports), and being outdoors. During the summer, my husband, my son and I like to go hiking, mountain biking and kayaking on the lake. I'm also very active as a youth volunteer at my church.
I am a firm believer in the importance of a student-centered classroom that is challenging, yet also fun! History is the epic story of our past. Let's explore it!
Links to outstanding student websites! The U.S. Civil War: A House Divided