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Amy Sanders

Jo Fisher

Amy Sanders is a curriculum writer and veteran high school social studies teacher. She is a Choices Teaching Fellow, workshop leader, and curriculum writer for Choices’ Teaching with the News lessons. Before entering teaching, she worked at the Harvard Institute for International Development and served in the Peace Corps. She has authored several publications as […]

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Barbara Doten

Jo Fisher

Barbara Doten currently serves as the Site Director for the California International Studies Project at CSU Long Beach. Her work with PK-12 educators centers around bringing awareness and understanding of critical global issues and the practices of global competencies to engage teachers and students in designing active local/global community solutions. Barbara’s teaching career spans 36 years as a middle and high school teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified school districts. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in History/Social Science in 2007 and was recognized in 2004 as the California Council for the Social Studies High School Teacher of the Year.

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Torrence Williams

Jo Fisher

Torrence Williams is the 2017 High School Teacher of the Year for the state of Louisiana. He taught an array of Social Studies classes at West Feliciana High School in LA which included Civics, World History, World Geography, and Law Studies.  Torrence also worked in various other capacities such as homebound/outreach teacher, mock trial sponsor (State runner up for 2016), Beta sponsor, SADD sponsor, and Interact sponsor.  He has presented at several Louisiana Council for Social Studies conferences and National Council for the Studies conferences. He is currently an Assistant Principal at Bains Elementary School in West Feliciana. 

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Luke Freeman

Jo Fisher

Luke Freeman holds a Masters in Arts of Teaching Social Studies from Trinity University. He is the Instructional Dean of English and Social Studies and a social studies teacher at the School of the Americas in Texas. He has also worked as a consultant in educational technology and as a teacher of elementary grades.

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Mark Previte

Jo Fisher

Mark Previte is Associate Professor of Secondary Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where he coordinates the secondary social studies program. He is a Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and serves as program chair of the NCSS Issues Centered Education Community. His research interests include issues centered education, democratic classrooms and the historical foundations of social studies.

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Tom Brannan

Jo Fisher

Tom recently retired from George C. Marshall High School in Fairfax County, VA, where he taught IB History for 14 years. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of DACOR and DACOR Bacon House Foundation in Washington, DC. Before he began a teaching career, he worked in city management, regional planning, and journalism. Tom holds an MPA from George Mason University and a BA in political science from Catholic University. He co-authored Coaching Model United Nations, a Teacher’s Guide, published by U of Nebraska Press in 2013.

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Sarah McDowell

Jo Fisher

Sarah McDowell teaches high school world history and is the chair of the history department at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Sarah has a JD from Georgetown University, a Masters in History from Villanova, and a BA from Connecticut College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Sarah was an attorney for the Public Defender’s Office in Portland, Oregon. She was the Assistant Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017, and is a Brown Choices Teaching Fellow.

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Sandra Garcia

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Sara Slogesky

Jo Fisher

Sara Slogesky is the K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist at the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford, CT, providing Social Studies leadership for 16 magnet schools. Sara taught social studies for nine years at East Hartford High School and humanities for three years at Innovation Academy Charter School in Massachusetts.

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Claire Heskestad

Jo Fisher

Claire Heskestad has presented at the conferences of Long Island Council for the Social Studies, Westchester Council for the Social Studies, and the New York State Council for the Social Studies. She wrote an article on using The United Nations: Challenges and Change unit for the UNA-Westchester Global Connection Newsletter.

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Sarah Lundy

Jo Fisher

Sarah Lundy is a former classroom teacher and currently an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction who has completed and published research comparing how high school social studies students engage with a digital version of Choices curriculum versus a print text edition. She is a frequent workshop presenter and summer Institute facilitator.

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Kevin Conlon

Jo Fisher

Kevin Conlon has conducted a Choices webinar on Afghanistan, presented at local conferences and was a lead facilitator at the 2012 Choices Institute in Chicago.

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Linda Hammon

Jo Fisher

As a Choices Teaching Fellow, Linda has conducted numerous Choices workshops around the state for geography teachers. She has presented at the Texas Council for the Social Studies conference and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education conferences, as well as in numerous school districts. Linda enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for Choices units by conducting demonstrations in Methods classes at local institutions of higher education and in her own college courses at Texas State University.

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Marty Cosgrove

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Erin Carroll

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Kristine Frailing

Jo Fisher

Kristine Frailing is a 20 year veteran teacher from south Florida and is currently residing in Tennessee where she is a Board Member on the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. She taught four advanced placement courses for College Board and is a reader for the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam. She is the 2012 Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Broward County, FL. Kristine has been conducting workshops for Choices for five years and is dedicated to providing professional development and resources to teachers around the country.

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Brian Haynes

Jo Fisher

Brian Haynes is currently the Social Studies Department Head at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS). Since joining CMIS in 2015, he has taught AP United States History, AP World History, and a variety of other social studies courses. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in History before studying education at the University of West Florida. He holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in the Social Sciences.

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Mimi Stephens

Jo Fisher

Mimi is the Director of Professional Development for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

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Brian Schum

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