Hello! Welcome to the website for Mr. Fisher's APUSH classes. The site is under construction, but I hope to develop it into a source for all things APUSH. Parents and students will be able to eventually use the site for information about class expectations, assignments and other related resources. Until then, here is a bit about myself:
I got my teaching license in 5-12 Social Studies while working towards a Masters degree in Education at Augsburg College. My education coursework focused on urban education and progressive education philosophy. I earned a previous Masters in American Studies from George Washington University in 2006 and a Bachelors in History from the University of Kansas in 2001. Prior to education, my emphasis of study was based on Native American history and culture. I also completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as part of the American Studies program, where I worked on the definitive anthropoligical resource on Native American culture, The Handbook of North American Indians.
I've lived in 6 states and finally decided to settle in Minnesota because of the wonderful natural and social settings. I live in Roseville with my partner, our 3 1/2 year old son, a dog, two cats and 135 gallon aquarium full of fish. I developed a love for history and social studies as a young person because my parents emphasized awareness of social/political issues and took me on trips every summer to visit national parks and historic sites. My other interests and hobbies include fishing, aquariums, gardening and listening to/collecting punk rock music (trying to stay young!).
I believe in social studies and history education as a pathway for students to become civically engaged and aware of the world around them. My goal is to not tell students what they need to know about history, but have them identify the issues and themes that have shaped our history and continue to affect them today. We can't understand where we are without knowing where we have been.
Please contact me by email with questions or comments:
3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407