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     I graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies.  I've been teaching at La Vega since 1995.  Over the years I have taught U.S. Government, Economics, U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Psychology, and Sociology.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, I am teaching United States History.


     Students often ask, "Why do I have to study history."  The goal of history education is to prepare students to understand and engage the present social, political, and economic conditions of American society. The present is in fact the child of the past. It is a development of the past. Without the knowledge of history we cannot have the background of our religion, customs, institutions, government and so on. Our present conditions are thus the result of the past.


     The teaching of history helps the students to explain the present, to examine it and to trace its course. Cause-and-effect relationship between the past and the present is lively presented in history. The Study of history thus helps us to understand the present day issues both at the national and international level. This understanding enables us to lead useful and effective lives. We should feel "that history is interesting and that it has a real bearing on our everyday life and that it is, therefore, worthwhile taking trouble to assimilate its facts."