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I fell in love with the subject of history when I was a sophomore in high school and that love has guided my professional development for the last 25 years. As much as I enjoy reading, researching and learning about events in the past, it is really the teaching that captivates me - the act of crafting lesson plans that inspire and engage. I have spent the last 18 years in the classroom, as a history teacher, writing mentor, advisor and college counselor. I taught history at the Pingree School in Massachusetts and as a teaching assistant at Brown University in Rhode Island before moving to Drew School in San Francisco, where I have spent the last 11 years. At Drew, I taught history, English and served as a college counselor. I love being an educator, and appreciate all of the big and small moments that come with it — prepping for an interesting class, thinking about how to best present material, working with students on their college essays, laughing with students after a particularly funny assembly, celebrating with them when they do well on an assignment or meeting with my kids outside of classes to help them achieve mastery of their subject. I feel excited and lucky to begin work as an academic mentor and writing coach.

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One of my favorite aspects of the Internet as a conduit of information is that I can enjoy video lectures made available by varied universities. I regularly take classes via Coursera or consume lectures open sourced by professors. Watching a lecture...
One of my favorite parts of history class as a high school student was participating in simulations. Role-playing, mock trials, fake battles – replaying any moment in our nation’s past inspired me as a student and made history come alive. I remember...
I start this lesson plan with an admission: I love studying and teaching about the French Indian War. On a personal level, I find it fascinating – the multiple sides, the desire for land expansion, the connection to events on continental Europe and...
Discussion and debate in the History classroom are necessary if we want our students to truly engage with the material and think critically about the past. How to generate discussion, however, can serve as a challenge for many educators –...