George A. Thomson

Objective: To reach individual students with innovative approaches to instruction.

Summary of qualifications:

  • Nationally Certified Teacher, 2003 National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
  • The Graduation Project for NPR series "I am your child's teacher;" recorded September 16, 2005 
  • Meet me - On KGUN 9 August 21, 2005
  •  "Teaching American Government", author. Published by TeachingPoint
  • Google Apps for teaching certified teacher
  • Highly qualified Economics, Political Science, History (AEPA), Secondary English (NES), Elementary Education (NES)
  • James Madison Fellow, 1995
  • Teacher of U.S. Government, Economics and History since 1983 
  • MA in the Teaching and Teacher Education, U of A, 1999
  • University of Phoenix Faculty member since 2001
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • ESL Certified
  • Docufiction writer about life on the border at
  • See my class web page for instructional approaches at
  • Como lo Veo, the photography of Gthomson


1981 - 1985 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ

BA Education 1985

1996 - 1999 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
MA Teaching and Teacher Education 1999

Professional experience:

2010 - 2012  Pierson Vocational High School Nogales, AZ (Retired 5/2014)

  • Online and differentiated instruction
  • Teacher of US Government and Economics World History, U.S. History
  • "LeaNos!" developer and sponsor
  • Leadership club advisor
  • Junior Statesmen of America sponsor
Nogales High School Nogales, AZ -1985 - 2014 
  • Teacher of US Government and Economics World History, U.S. History
  • "Senior Project" Coordinator 1996 - 2002
  •   Mock Trial Team Coach 1986 – 2010

University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ, 2001- to Present

  • Faculty member teaching History, political science, sociology
    Classes I teach at the University of Phoenix  that incorporate Google Apps 

2011 - Arizona International School

High school and middle school online distance instruction by video and on ground
see instruction videos and lesson plans

2005 - Present - Pearson Mesa NBPTS Scorer
Scoring of National Board of Professional Teaching Standards portfolio entries
2008 -to 2009 U.S. Department of State
Language instruction for employees of the Nogales, Sonora U.S. Consulate

2004 to 2005  – Cochise College Nogales, Arizona

  •  Adjunct instructor of history, humanities and political science

 1983 - 1985 Grand Canyon High School Grand Canyon, AZ

  •  Teacher of Arizona government, Spanish, band, American History

Awards/ Recognitions / Certifications Received

Languages: Fluent in English and Spanish

State of Arizona Commission Membership

  • Santa Cruz County, AZ Community College Board Member - 2005 to 2011
  • Santa Cruz County, AZ Planning and Zoning Commissioner
  • Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Performance Review
  • Girl Scout Troop 2180 Co-leader
References and letters:

Contact Information:

George Thomson

PO Box 4905
Tubac, AZ 85646