Hello and welcome. This is my 17th year at Menomonee Falls High School. I have a B.S. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Marian College. My Wisconsin DPI certifications are 701 Broadfield, 710 Economics, 715 Geography, 725 History and 735 Political Science.
I teach United States Government and AP United States Government. U.S. Government is 6th, 7th and 8th hour. AP U.S. Government is 1st, 2nd and 4th hour.. In addition to teaching social studies, I am the Social Studies Department Chair.
The best times to reach me is from 7:30-8:00 and 3:00-3:30. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Government
This course examines contemporary issues and problems
facing American government. Both the structure and the
current operation of the institutions of government will be
studied. Topics to be discussed include constitutional
principles, the electoral process and voting, courts and law,
the role of the presidency, First Amendment rights, and other
civil rights and liberties. Students will be expected to use
critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate current issues
and policies. A service learning component is included and is
required of each student.
AP United States Government
This course will fulfill the US Government requirement for
graduation. It is a year-long study for students who wish to
prepare to take the Advanced Placement examination in
United States Government and Politics in May. Those students
who successfully complete the exam will be eligible to receive
college credit in Political Science. The course is reserved for
seniors who have demonstrated strong writing and analytical
skills in their sophomore and junior classes in English as well as
World and United States History.
The major themes of the course are determined by the College
Board in order to ensure that students cover the material
necessary for satisfactory performance on the AP exam. This
course will give the students an analytical perspective on
government and politics in the United States. It includes both
the studies of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics
and the analysis of specific examples. Areas of concentration
include the Constitution, political beliefs and behaviors,
political parties, interest groups and mass media, institutions
of the National Government, public policy, civil rights and civil
The College Board strongly recommends that a student take
the AP United States Government and Politics class prior to
attempting to pass the AP exam. While no one can absolutely
guarantee that a student who takes the course will receive a
satisfactory score on the exam, having taken the course would
enhance his or her chances immeasurably. A fee is required to
take the exam.