In order to become the best Social Studies teacher possible, I have spent a large chunk of my personal and academic life preparing myself to be a wealth of information for students. Part of this preparation was taking extra interest and work in Social Studies throughout High School and making the decision to study history in college. I worked hard to create a diverse, interdisciplinary course schedule that took my historic studies around the world. During my time spent at William and Mary I also worked intensively in the anthropology department studying American colonial history with specialists from the Colonial Williamsburg foundation. I focused on Asia and Africa History and politics in order to fill gaps in my knowledge from Grade School. In the spring of 2012 I graduated the College of William and Mary with an Undergraduate Bachelors of Arts degree with a Major in History.

After graduating with above a 3.0 cumulative GPA, I applied to the College of William and Mary's School of Education. Admissions at the School of Education required passing GRE scores, which I received in the Spring of 2012. To continue the preparation program at William and Mary I was required to take state VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment)
and Praxis I and II exams to receive a Virginia Teaching License and William and Mary Masters Degree. Once the scores of the tests and grades of the Graduate Program coursework were recorded, this instructor gained official credentials to apply and teach within the public schools of the state of Virginia.

As noted above, besides required academic coursework, I have spent a lot of my personal life immersing myself within the content subject. Since I have had a drivers license, I have spent much of my free time researching local history. Once enough information is collected in a research process, I leave to "excavate" or "document" my findings. Examples of this work include researching and documenting the forgotten architecture of Virginia's public asylums, documentation and discovery of abandoned Civil War era rail lines of central Virginia, and photography and research of Richmond's renovation of Tobacco Row and the John Marshall Hotel. Overall all, I am almost constantly learning about my subject content and intend on keeping it that way. I love bringing interesting topics and details into the students, and I believe this adds to my ability to plan faster and more creatively, as well as to design a variation of activities and assessments. It certainty heightens enthusiasms during instruction, which translates to the student's motivation, and in turn, better classroom management. Fueling my love of Social Studies by continuing my education of all content possible will keep my own enthusiasm for teaching high, and will provide a wealth of knowledge for the students and communities I look forward to working with in the future.