• Meet Vista's Social Studies Teachers...
     
      
    Allie Armstrong   
    BA Political Science - University of Arizona

    Teaches Government/Economics

    LEARNING AND TEACHING GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS MEANS educating students about the world we live in while helping them understand the vital roles they can play to influence and contribute as citizens of the United States and the world SINCE college I have believed in the power of democracy and the benefits of a free market economy.  

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND IN Philadelphia in 1787 and observe the three months of work and debate which created the U.S. Constitution ENJOYING the dicsussions, arguments and compromise in this 230 year old document would be an insightful experience. 

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE watching students engage in educated conversation and debate about the issues they value most  SINCE IT it is often these thoughtful interations which lead to future pursuits in education and career. 

    I BELIEVE Mahatma Gandhi IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE he was able to change the world and inspire millions through his peaceful words and actions. 

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE for each student to gain an understanding of his or her unique abilities and talents.

     
    Kelly Baquero   (Department Leader)
    BA Social Studies - University of California Berkeley
    MA Education - Virginia Commonwealth University
    National Board Certified Teacher - Social Science/History
     
    Teaches US History and AP US History
     

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS digging deeper TO ME SINCE there is always more to the story than we think!          

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in Washington DC in the early 1860s, ENJOYING dinner with Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln BECAUSE I can only imagine a conversation between these two great men.             .

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE  the Roaring Twenties Party Reenactment SINCE I get to watch my kids dance the Charleston!

    I BELIEVE Helen Keller IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE she is much more complex than most people realize.  When we are little kids we learn about how she overcame being blind and deaf, but she was also a feminist, a radical, a supporter of the NAACP, and a founder of the ACLU.  She was an amazing advocate of economic and social justice in our country. 

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE that they grow to be informed world citizens. 

     
     
     
    BS History - University of California San Diego
    MA Cross Cultural Instruction - National University
     
    Teaches Government/Economics and World Cultures
     

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY is interesting TO ME SINCE I get to help students study the past and it affects the present and future.   

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in post World War II United States, ENJOYING my life as a teacher BECAUSE I would have loved to witness first hand the social and cultural changes that have shaped the present United States social constructs and culture.  To me, this era sparks the beginning of decades long cultural revolutions. 

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE discussion SINCE it allows my students to  speak their mind about the subject they are learning about.

    I BELIEVE  George Washington IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE he had great foresight.

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE to enjoy the subjects they are learning about in their classes.

     
     
     

    Carrie Jackson

    BA History - Sacramento State University
    MA Education - University California Davis
     
    Teaches World Geography, AP Human Geograpghy, and AP Government/Economics
     

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS the future TO ME SINCE it is critical in discovering who we are and where we want to be.

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in San Francisco during the 60’s, ENJOYING the music and youth movement.  

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE the Model UN Simulation because it opens up the minds of students to consider different opinions and perspectives in regard to solving current world problems.

    I BELIEVE Eleanor Roosevelt IS one of MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURES SINCE she is often discussed in the classes I teach for her political activism in the areas of Human and Civil Rights. She also served as the head of the UN human rights commission and helped to draft the 1948 UN declaration of human rights.   

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE an ongoing drive throughout life to continue learning about the world we live in. “Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.” Nancy Astor

     
     
     
    BA Liberal Studies - San Francisco State University
    BA Education - Montana State Western University
    MA Education - Sacramento State University
    National Board Certified Teacher - Social Science/History
     
    Teaches US History

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS  a lot TO ME SINCE I can continually investigate interesting historical events with my students, each year finding new facts, perspectives, and ideas that lead to great discussions.

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in the Roaring Twenties, ENJOYING new innovations/trends,exciting social and cultural changes BECAUSE I liked the exciting city life, changes in literature/art/music, historical figures from the era and the beginning of new found independence for women.

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE historical simulations SINCE I can see my students completely engaged through living history.

    I BELIEVE Benjamin Franklin IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE he was a founding father who I believe had great influence using his humor, intellect, diplomacy, and drive to help found the great American Experiment. 

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE that they too become a history teacher and/or embrace the love of learning it!

     
     
     
    BA History - Sacramento State University
     
    Teaches World Cultures and AP World History
     

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS everything TO ME SINCE I developed a love of history when I was in high school.

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in 1st century Rome, ENJOYING the sights and sounds BECAUSE that period of history has always fascinated me.

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE relevant discussion of the topic SINCE students gain so much more knowledge through question and answer.

    I BELIEVE Mohandas Gandhi IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE his accomplishments are so hard to believe.

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE to develop a lifelong love of history, just as I have.

     

    Nick Newman

    BA History - Sacramento State University
    MA Education - National University

    Teaches Government/Economics and AP US History

    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS  learning from the past and analyzing what the future will be like TO ME SINCE history teaches us who we are and where we are going.

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in the old west (American Frontier) ENJOYING the chance to see the country grow in vast number of ways. 

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE the Econ Simulation SINCE it allows students to see what the real world will be like.

    I BELIEVE Louis Armstrong IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE  because he gave birth to modern music.

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE to embrace history and become informed citizens of the world.

     

     Janine Shapley
     BA Liberal Studies - Sacramento State University
     
    Teaches World Cultures and AP Psychology
     
     
    LEARNING AND TEACHING HISTORY MEANS  honoring the past and imagining the future TO ME SINCE we can learn about ourselves through the experiences of others.

    IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME, I WOULD LAND in 18th century Europe during the Scientific Revolution and Age of Discovery ENJOYING the experimentation  BECAUSE this was a time of deep inquiry, high intellect, and the beginning of a more global humanity.

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN CLASS WOULD HAVE TO BE historical inquiry labs SINCE students are thinking like historians, making their own discoveries, and I get to witness their “Aha!” moments.

    I BELIEVE Ferdinand Magellan IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE SINCE he overcame overwhelming challenges and boldly went where no man had gone before.

    IF I HAD A WISH FOR MY STUDENTS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE to embrace your individuality knowing  that you have a unique imprint to leave in history.

     
     

     

     
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