Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Secondary Ed/History M.Ed in Adult Education & Training HQ in Middle School Social Studies HQ in HS History Certified 7-12 Certified Adult Education
I am your student’s 7-3 & 8-3 Social Studies Teacher. I happily entered the public education classroom in 2005 after serving as an instructor in the United States Army for almost a decade. I am a proud wife and mother of four children, who also attend school in DVUSD.
7th Grade- The 7th grade Social Studies program focuses on Integrated Global Studies (Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment to present). The content focus will be viewed through historical and geographic lenses. Seventh grade students will understand the relationships and interactions between societies and cultures in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. United States history will be taught as it intersects with global issues. Major topics include Scientific Revolution, Revolutions, World at War – WWI & WWII, Cold War, to present day.
8th Grade- The 8th grade Social Studies program focuses on Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Today’s Society. The content focus will be viewed through civic and economic lenses. Citizenship and civic engagement will be taught through inquiry. Eighth grade students will make connections between historical and current/recent issues as a base for implementing change in society. Students will recognize and practice their roles and responsibilities as both American and global citizens. United States History will focus on the major events that have their roots in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Global Social Issues.
Students will be receiving a balance of guided and independent instruction through canvas with a variety of resources within to guide our learning (textbook, primary sources, resource books, videos, notes), exploration (individual/group research), and cooperative learning (Kagan structures). The information will be assessed by quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. At Hillcrest, grades are weighted. Assessments are worth 60% of the grade, classwork, bellwork, projects, participation and organization are worth 40%. It is very important that all work is completed to ensure a good grade.
Students tend to be more successful when they come to class prepared. Regular attendance should be a priority to you, assignments and lessons missed due to absenteeism often are a major cause of poor performance.
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