Pursuing my history degree at the University of Arizona remains one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of my life. I loved the classes that I selected and the professors who taught them.
When I graduated in 2009, I became certified to teach history and English. I now teach AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition. I think that my history background has enriched my classes. I always provide historical background for the works of literature that I teach. For example, currently my AP Literature students are reading the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and along with the study of the novel, we are studying facets of the Romantic period. Next we will be analyzing literature of the Victorian Era, reading the novels The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Along with our study of the era, the students will write research papers and will collaborate on projects. As a history major I learned the valuable skills of conducting research and citing which I share with my students. These skills not only help them to be successful in my class but will also prepare them for the writing that they will do once they go to college.
I will always treasure the memories of my time as a history major at the University of Arizona. As a result of my wonderful experiences, I became a lifelong lover of history and an effective teacher.