Every social studies teacher draws on his/her past experiences to teach. As an undergraduate at William and Mary, I majored in history and completed the battery of liberal arts requirements for graduation. These courses, along with my experience in high school, have served to build a foundation for my teaching. In addition to the courses listed below that are relevant to my training as a social studies teacher, I have also completed an honors thesis as part of my undergraduate degree. I wrote about the nature of Anti-Southernism in antebellum New England common schools. In my opinion, common schools represented a hotbed of Anti-Southern ideology, including outright antislavery. Those interested can read my thesis here. I consider my thesis work to be the capstone of my academic achievement; from that experience I have begun to understand the enormous value writing has as a learning process. In my graduate program at William and Mary, I have taken several Curriculum and Instruction courses that have given me a baseline understanding of pedagogy. I look forward to applying my foundational understandings in my future teaching.


Social Studies Courses:

Throughout my time at William and Mary, I engaged in a variety of the social studies. My primary interest is in 19th century American history, but aside from American history, I also took surveys in African and European History and Mythology which inform my understanding of world history. I have a background in political theory as well with intensive surveys in the writing of Plato, Tolstoy, Kierkegaard, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. My sociology and psychology courses also give me a different lens with which to view modern problems of personality, social organization, and human advancement. A full course listing can be found below:

  • Education, Poverty, and Society
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Natural Psychology
  • Social Welfare State
  • African History Since 1800
  • Antebellum America
  • Free/Enslaved Blacks of the Old South
  • The Gilded Age
  • The African Diaspora Before 1492
  • The Civil War Era
  • Finding Lemon (An investigation of William and Mary's relationship to antebellum slavery)
  • Early American History II
  • American Revolution through Civil War
  • History of Europe to 1715
  • Russian Myths and Legends
  • Survey of Modern Political Theory
  • The City and the Camera
  • Energy, Development, and the Environment
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The American Presidency
  • Florentine Art History
  • Civil Conflict in American History

Curriculum and Instruction Courses:

Aside from my content area courses, I also have completed curriculum and instruction coursework in the completion of my master's degree in secondary social studies. These courses run the gambit of requirements, with personal highlights being in the exceptionalities and technology-enhanced learning courses. A full course listing can be found below:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Current Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Curriculum and Instructional Methods for the Social Studies
  • Content Reading and Writing
  • Classroom Organization, Management, & Discipline
  • Characteristics of Exceptional Student Populations
  • Classroom Adaptations for Exceptional Students
  • Differentiating and Managing in Diverse Classrooms
  • Designs for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Academic Achievement:

  • I completed my bachelor's degree program in three years and received Latin honors of magna cum laude.
  • In my third year, I received high departmental honors for my thesis on antebellum education.
  • In the course of completing my thesis, I received two research grant to pursue my studies in the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • I have recently been inducted into the education honors society, Kappa Delta Pi.
  • I passed the Social Studies Praxis II and was given a "Recognition of Excellence" award by ETS.