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American History 
8th Grade Teacher
I am a graduate of Alcoa City Schools. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration, Masters in Curriculum & Instruction, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies all from the University of Tennessee. 
I coordinate the AMS Jayteens, School Store/Concessions, and the coordinator of the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. I am honored to serve as the Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator for Alcoa Middle School. 
In addition to my school responsibilities, I am the president of the Empty Pantry Fund (501C-3 organization), Adjunct Professor at Carson Newman University, and an Instructor for Trio Program at the University of Tennessee. 
Social Studies Curriculum: Students are provided a notebook to complete when completing each lesson. We do not use a textbook in this class; however, we will use a combination of the following: books, document based questions, youtube videos, web searches, lecture/discussion, and movies. 
Units of Study 
Geography on the United States
Exploration (Review from 7th Grade) 
  • Reasons for Colonization
  • Founding of the 13 English Colonies
  • Geography of the English Colonies 
Life in the English Colonies 
Road to the Revolution
Declaration of Independence
Revolutionary War
Creating a Government
  • Articles of Confederation
  • United States Constitution (including the Bill of Rights)
  • Supreme Court Decisions
  • Legislative Process 
  • Presidential Powers 
Early Presidents
  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
Jacksonian Democracy 
Texas Fight for Independence
Westward Movement (Manifest Destiny)
Mexican/American War
Reform Movements 
Civil War