Teddy Roosevelt said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” That is my battle cry as I walk into the classroom each day. Students often find history as irrelevant to their lives and most of them use the word “boring” when asked to describe history. It is my goal to change both of those sentiments. In my classes, not only do we look at important historical events, civilizations and people, but we find the “gifts” that each of them gave to us. For example, we can trace back as far as Sumer and realize that through their calendar, we have our 60-second minute and our 60-minute hour! It is through studying the “Road to Revolution” that we discover the basis for our Bill of Rights. Our history – the good, the bad, the ugly – forms our world today. It is through that lens that I teach history to the middle school students of New Vistas.
A little of my history: I hold a degree in Secondary Education and History and am currently working on my Masters in Historical Education. I have a total of 8 years teaching experience, which includes a previous stint of four years here at NVS. I put my career on hold while I stayed at home with my son for six years, but am very excited to be back in the classroom. In addition to history, I am passionate about traveling and all things Disney. I am also very involved with Relay for Life and have recently become the Event Leader for the Appomattox County walk for the 2017-2018 year.
I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and seeing the student’s develop a personal love of history…whatever that may look like.