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    My Education & Teaching Background

    This will be my 9th year as a classroom teacher and 11th year working in education.  History has always been my favorite subject and I look forward to instilling that same passion for understanding our history in my students.  In order be a productive and participating US citizen it is importnat to understand how our country was built and how our government works.  I sincerely hope that every one of my students gains an understanding of both of these topics to help inform them about life in the US.  I became a teacher through the Texas State Teaching Recruitment program and I am certified in Social Studies Composite, History, Business and PE.  I also received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University and I am currently earning my master's from the University of Texas at Arlington.  This year I am also looking forward to teaching Health on campus as well.  In the past I have assisted with coaching at GHS and I enjoyed my time in that realm of education.  I am excited to use some of those same skills to promote a healthy lifestyle for our students.  

    Class/Course Information

    SOCIAL STUDIES
    Semesters: 2
    Grade Placement: 8
    Prerequisite: None
    In Grade 8 social studies, students study the history and geography of the United States from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early Republic, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the Republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system.Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases, major reform movements, and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States. Students research the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including identifying bias in written, oral, and visual material.
     
    Health
    Semesters: 1
    Prerequisites: None 
    In health education, students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health. 

    Schedule:

    1st - Pre AP US History: GC Code - 27at2ad

    2nd - Pre AP US History: GC Code - vw7yziu

    3rd - Pre AP US History: GC Code - ve62zzs

    4th - Health: GC Code: GC Code - dut7jse

    5th - Pre AP US History: GC Code - ynd66mk

    6th - Conference

    7th - Advisory: GC Code - diingsc

    8th - Remote Learning Period  

     

    School Email 

    Mr. Walkers email

     

    School Phone Number

    512-943-5090 (X6957)

     

    Tutorials and Test Make Up:

    If a student needs additonal help with a specific issue, I am happy to assist.  I am usually avaliable:

     

    Students should communicate with me (email or in person) about when they would like to come in so that I can make myself avaliable.  If I am unavaliable I will do my best to find them another time or resource for help. If a student needs additonal time to complete an assignment or homework then this should be completed during designated Princiapls Study Hall hours.  This study hall is avaliable before school, during lunch and after school.  If you need additonal clarification on any of the above information please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.