Phone: 6233763344


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

Mrs. Conklin



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. All lessons and assignments can be accessed on Canvas - and all parents should sign up for an observer account to make the school year go smoothly (directions attached on the bottom). 

Team Info

We are the RED Falcon Team!! 7-3/ 8-3

Our Core Color is RED!!



Conklin Favorites :)

Movies - Love all Marvel & Disney Films, Pitch Perfect series, Harry Potter Series, Mandolorian Series, Star Wars :) 

Drink- Decaf Coffee, sparkling water, hot chocolate during the cold months :)

Snacks- Pretzels, veggie straws, tortilla chips, crackers, fruits & veggies, dark chocolate :)

Apparel - Graphic T-shirts (history, retro, funny tshirts), Marvel Hero or Disney Shirts, funny or crazy socks, scarves :)

Store - Goodwill, Amazon, Target, Walmart :)

Sports Team - Liverpool FC

Smells - Fresh Linen or Caribbean Sea Breeze (wax cubes or air wick plugins)


Our Curriculum

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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