Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

World History AP (WHAP) is a demanding course that requires a great deal of responsibility and self-discipline. We will work on your critical thinking and writing in class with helpful strategies in order to prepare you for the AP Exam. You should expect to spend about 45 minutes each night completing assigned readings and taking notes, as well as working on assignments. The agenda for the week will be posted on the board. It is your responsibility to keep up with your out of class reading and assignments. This is the major key to success in WHAP!

In U.S. History class we will interact with each other as we learn United States History since the year 1877. We will not spend all our time memorizing dates, but we will study the eras that include those dates. We will work as individuals, pairs, small groups, and large groups as well as an entire class. We will write and reflect about various different people, groups, events, and movements. We will learn about reforms, documents, battles, and much more, using a variety of learning strategies, such as the Magic Wall, Quizlet, Nearpod, Interactive Simulations, etc.

Contact information
  • email me
  • telephone 210.397.5150 ext. 3220
  • conference time  8:50am-9:40am
General information and expectations
  • Supplies needed:
    • one (1) 3-ring binder 1" or larger
    • one (1) package of pencils (wood or mechanical)
    • one (1) package of pens (black or blue)
    • one (1) highlighter
    • two (2) boxes of tissues
  • Useful apps:
    • Remind (FREE)
    • Nearpod (FREE)
    • Google Classroom (FREE)
    • GMail (FREE)
    • Quizlet (FREE)
    • *More apps will be added as the school year progresses*

Photo with Chip and Dale at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
On the left is a photo of me with KU mascot, the jayhawk. On the right is a photo of me with Dr. James Naismith, father of basketball.
On the left is a photo of me with Attorney Fred Gray, who defended Rosa Parks during the Civil Rights Movement. On the right is a photo of me with student rights advocate Mary Beth Tinker of the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines.

About me...
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and Secondary Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2001 and my Master of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University in 2011. This will be my 16th year of teaching, my 6th year to teach at Tom C. Clark High School, my 4th year to teach US History, and my 2nd year to teach World History AP (WHAP).  I have spent five of the last six summers participating in Teacher Summer Institutes as a summer scholar through the National Endowment for Humanities: 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA; 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD; 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA; 2016 at the Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham, AL; and 2017 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. While I'm not at school teaching, I like to: sing in the choir at my church, attend live musical theater, travel inside or outside the country, cheer on my favorite sports teams (SA Spurs & OU Sooners) and spend as much time as possible with my wonderful family (especially my nieces and nephews).