• 2016 & 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

    2016 & 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

    What a rush! Each of the last two school years, more than 500 educators from around the state were nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The field was narrowed to about 115 candidates and a 25-member panel of community leaders met and selected me as one of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalists.

    I was very excited to have been nominated by former students, colleagues, past and present families and even members of the community. The nominations are not only a reflection on me, but a testament to the the wonderful colleagues that I have been privileged too work and the support my students and families have shown me. Thank you.

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  • Capitol Hill Students Meet President Obama, Credentialed by The White House Media Corp

    Capitol Hill Students Meet President Obama, Credentialed by The White House Media Corp

    In February and June 2014, and again in June 2015 several of my Capitol Hill students were credentialed by the White House Press Corp to cover President Obama's visits to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Check out how we were able to meet the President at Minnehaha Falls and pictures from the experiences!

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  • Education Minnesota Foundation CLR Grant Recipient

    Education Minnesota Foundation CLR Grant Recipient

    In December 2015, I applied for a $2,000 grant from the Education Minnesota Foundation CLR Grant Fund for the further development of my education learning trunks we use in our #CHCougars classroom. On February 2, 2016 I was notified that I have received the grant! This is wonderful news for our students, as they will be able to interact with more artifacts and participate in many more hands on actives. The money will help further develop our Civil War Trunk, jump start our WWII Trunk and start our Immigration Trunk.

    Take a look at some of the numerous artifacts my students have been able to hold in their hands, wear and research with! https://tinyurl.com/y9za5vb7

    If you have artifacts that you would like to donate, please feel free to let me know!

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  • Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Teachers Fellowships

    Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Teachers Fellowships

    In spring 2015, I announced that I would be spending time in Washington D.C. this summer as a Catherine B. Reynolds, Ford's Theatre Civil War Washington Teachers Fellow. The experience was simply amazing. Along with 19 of the nations best and brightest educators, we learned about the role Washington D.C. played during the Civil War and received behind the scenes looks of places likes Ford's Theatre, Lincoln's Cottage, the Fredrick Douglass House and more! As a part of the fellowship, I designed a lesson plan that will be shared with educators throughout the country. I'll continue to collaborate with my fellow fellows and will be creating several more lesson plans for Ford's Theatre and Lincoln's Cottage. If you want to see what my trip was like, check out the Twitter feed for #TeachCivilWar

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  • Primary and Secondary Sources of 9/11

    Primary and Secondary Sources of 9/11

    How can students, especially those who were not alive at the time, understand the tragic events of September 11, 2001? check out how we used primary and secondary sources, in conjunction with social media and oral histories to gain a better appreciation of what took place on 9/11.

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  • Minnesota Bingo

    Minnesota Bingo

    Have you visitied a state park yet, or built a campfire? Minnesota Studies Bingo offers you a chance to explore Minnesota throughout the summer while keeping track of your adventures.Over the course of the next few months, take this BINGO card with you as you travel around Minnesota. Do you best to complete as many of the tasks on the card as you can. Journey throughout our state and take note of the things that make Minnesota special! Email Gonzo or Westy if/when you complete your card. Bring your card back at the beginning of next year to be eligible for a drawing! Have a great summer! #MNstudies!

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  • Minnesota Studies Links

    Minnesota Studies Links

    Want to "dig deeper" into our topics? Some of these links we are using in class, while some of these links can be used to learn more information about our topics. View the links here...

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  • American History Links

    American History Links

    Want to "dig deeper" into our topics? Some of these links we are using in class, while some of these links can be used to learn more information about our topics. View the links here ...

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  • 2013-2014 Year In Review

    2013-2014 Year In Review

    Take a glance at what we covered during the 2013-2014 school year in Minnesota Studies.

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