Teaching history and government at Bishop Sullivan is not merely a job for me--it is the realization of a life-long dream. While it allows me to share my love and knowledge of history and politics with future generations, it also permits me to continue exploring the many facets of human history. The writer and critic Robert Penn Warren summed it up so well when he stated that "History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future." Each day, my students and I look at the past to try and understand how our world reached its present condition and how we might be able to solve future problems.
Through class discussions, primary and secondary sources, and simulations, United States History and Government students explore many topics including the components of citizenship, social reform movements, war and diplomacy, and the place of the United States in an increasingly global arena. Moreover, learning does not end in June for me or my students. I have been fortunate to take part in many excellent summer institutes to increase my own knowledge. I also serve in a leadership capacity at the AP United States Government and Politics reading in Salt Lake City, UT. This experience has helped me better prepare my students for the AP Exam.
While these experiences for professional growth have been great, my most rewarding experience is leading the European travel program. Each year, I take a group of rising seniors to Europe. Nothing is more gratifying for a teacher than to see the excitement on the faces of her students the first time they experience a new culture. Furthermore, the travel program is important in our increasingly global society. Through it, students gain new perspectives and are well on the road to becoming true global citizens
I am very lucky to have such a fulfilling career. Whether it is foreign travel with my students in the summer, or examining the many facets of history and society throughout the academic year, teaching at Bishop Sullivan is a wonderful experience. Not only do the students broaden their knowledge—I learn much from the many perspectives they bring to class.