Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. NormaJean McCarthy
This is the beginning of my 10th year of teaching. I have taught 7th grade social studies at Desert Mountain School and Hillcrest Middle School.
I received my bachelor degree in secondary education (minor in history) from Arizona State University. I have certifications for social studies, history and political science. After completing my bachelors degree I entered the educational technology program at ASU and found my passion for providing education in different formats: in person, hybrid and online.
I love history and some of my favorite places to be are book stores and museums. At any given time I am reading 3-4 books on a variety of subjects.
I have been a participant in a district federal grant called GLYPH. This was a program for history teachers to gain resources and network to teach history. It is because of this program that I am able to create the lessons that I use to teach social studies.
My favorite historical figures include Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Abigail Adams, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, L Frank Baum and Ronald Reagan.
I was born in Ontario, Canada. My father moved our family to Arizona to accept a job that had advancement opprotunities. I was 5 years old when we arrived in Arizona. I grew up watching my parents learning about the United State and studying to become citizens. In 1974 our family became United State citizens. I believe that this influenced my choice of the subjects that I teach.
I have two adult sons, a daughter (in-law) and grandson. My oldest son in currently in the United State Army stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. He is armored, which means he is in a tank. Recently he earned his sargents stripes and was made a tank commander. He has been deployed twice, Africa and the middle east. He is married to a wonderful young lady and now they have a 2 year old son, making me a grandma. Recently my youngest son completed his contract with the Army and is now back in Arizona. He is currently exploring carreer options.
I am looking forward to teaching online and all the educational possibilities this opens up.