Mr. Smith's Social Studies Classes

Welcome to Mr. Smith's Google Site for information on his social science classes at Hyde Park Academy. Please reach out with any questions or concerns using the email address below:


Find information on schedule and specific classes using the links on this site

Mr. Smith's Schedule

About Your Teacher

Hi everyone,

My name is Mr. Smith and I'm excited to be teaching social studies classes here at Hyde Park Academy. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and have lived in the city now for more than a decade. I graduated from Elmhurst University with degrees in History and American Studies, with an additional focus in Political Science. I also received a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

I have been teaching in the classroom for for 10 years and this will be my 5th year at HPA. I love helping students find their voice on an issue, creating a curriclum focused on real-world issues and themes, and developing strong democratic values in our students and school culture. Students shouldn't just learn about democracy, they should practice doing democracy.

Outside of school, I enjoy cooking and eating a wide variety of foods, listening to new music or podcasts, running several days a week, exploring Chicago, experiencing nature, and just hanging out with my wife, who is also an educator. For the last 7 years, we have made our home in the historic Kenwood neighborhood on the Southside.