Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Nick Edwards
8th Grade U.S. History
Phone: (512)943-5000 Ext. 6910
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Thank you for taking time to visit our class website! As the saying goes: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could"! I am originally from Southern California where I was born and raised. I attended Whittier College (home of the Mighty Poets! I wish I was making this up, but sadly I am not...) where I earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History. I am certified by our great state of Texas to teach all Social Studies courses from grades 7 to 12. After college, I enlisted in the United States Army, which is what brought my wife and I to central Texas. I was medically retired from injuries sustained while on a deployment to Afghanistan. I have been married for 5 years to my wife Connie, who also attended Whittier and is also a teacher! We have a very energetic 2 year old daughter at home, Lorelai who is the real boss of the family. Most recently, I taught history and coached boy's athletics for Belton ISD. This will be my first year teaching and coaching in Georgetown and I could not be any happier to be here. I enjoy playing and watching competitive sports, spending time with my family, and I am also a very big Harry Potter Fan.
This course will continue to build upon the knowledge learned in th grade, however we will go into more detail of this period in American History. We begin the course around what is known as the pre-colonial time, which begins around the early 1600s. We will end the course with the Civil War reconstruction period, which ended around 1877. During this approximate 270 year span, we will learn about major eras in American History such as: The colonial founding of our nation, the Revolutionary War, the establishment of our government and Constitution, our early Presidents from Washington to Jackson, the American Industrial Revolution, key Social Reforms in America, and the American Civil War.
Throughout the course, we will expand our vocabulary through historical terms, events, people, and places that helped shape our country's history. Some of the key people and events to name a few that we will learn about are: The establishment of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, The founding of Jamestown, Virginia House of Burgesses, Presidents Washington, Madison, and Monroe, the Mexican American war, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others.
As a class, we will learn about the above listed periods, places, people, and events. We will also learn how they affect our history as a country, their importance to life in today's society, as well as the impact it had on future events.
Period 1: Athletics
Period 2: Conference
Period 3: Pre-AP History
Period 4: Pre-AP History
Period 5: Core US History
Period 6: Department Planning Time
Period 7: Athletics