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Social Science

Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? 7-12 Social Studies, American History, World History, Sociology, Psychology

High School attended? Archbishop Bergan Catholic School

University Attended? Nebraska Wesleyan University

Degree Received? Bachelor of Arts in History 7-12

Extra-Curricular Duties? Head Football Coach, Assistant Baseball Coach

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? There are numerous things to love about Archbishop Bergan. For me, Bergan is a family that will always be a part of you long after graduation. I am a proud Bergan Alum, along with my brother and father, so I have spent my entire life around the Bergan family and couldn't think of a better environment develop our future generations. The family atmosphere centered our faith and service is what separates us from other schools in the area. I have friends of mine and of my parents that will stop me at the store or mall just to talk about Bergan. Along with the family feel, we provide opportunities for our students to go out and help in our community through various service projects. Bergan is a great place to educate the entire child and I encourage everyone in the area to be a part of our family!

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Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? Sophomore Theology, Senior English, American History, Senior Theology, American Government, International Affairs

High School attended? Omaha Paul VI

University Attended? Wayne State/ University of Nebraska at Omaha

Degree Received? Bachelor of Science in Education - Endorsements in History, English, Social Sciences

Extra-Curricular Duties? Girls and Boys Cross Country Head Coach, Key Club Sponsor, Sophomore Class Co-sponsor, Jr. High Track Assistant

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? The absolute best thing about teaching at Archbishop Bergan Catholic School is that I can bring faith into the discussions we have in all my classes. I find it both personally and professionally rewarding to be able to teach where students and teachers can be involved in a faith based education.

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Geography
Required
Grade 9 & 10
two semesters
10 credits

Geography is viewed broadly as a body of information and a process through which we attempt to understand the spatial arrangement and interaction of land, water, climate, people, and culture over the earth. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the world, drawing on the physical sciences, sociology, anthropology, economics, and history. The material in the text is arranged so that students will be able to integrate the various physical aspects of the earth with the diverse activities of the earth's many inhabitants. The text presents information that will enable students to understand the nature of geography and to start to view the earth with a geographic perspective in terms of people and places.

World History
Required
Grade 9 & 10
two semesters
10 credits

This course will provide students with a perspective of what has happened in our past and how it affects the world we live in today. Students will be encouraged not only to learn what happened, but what cultural, economic, environmental etc. forces brought about the changes which mark our world today as part of man's developing history.

American History
Required
Grade 11
two semesters
10 credits

This course covers the period from 1865 to the present. American History will include an in depth study of significant events, places and people that have shaped our society in the United States. Students will study these significant periods in history through the participation in discussions, analytical and creative writing, and individual or group projects. Students will also be required to keep up on current issues that affect our local, state and national governments. Relating current issues to the time period being studied will be instrumental in giving the student a better understanding of topics. One book review per quarter will also be required.

American Government
Required
Grades 11, 12
one semester
5 credits

This course will present an in-depth study of the basic workings of American government on the local, state, and national levels. It will also include an overview of other governmental forms. Great focus will be placed on the peoples' role in American government and what is required of an involved and fully participating citizen. Practical application of citizenship skills will be included throughout the course. One book review per quarter will also be required.

Economics
Elective, but required if Personal Finance is not taken.
one semester
Grades 11, 12
5 credits

Applied economics is an introduction to the study of economics, business management, and the American economic system. This course emphasizes the higher order thinking skills of analytical thinking, generalization, and problem solving. The principal parts of the program include a textbook, study guide, computer generated management and economic simulations. Analysis of individual business management and how the American economic system functions are emphasized.

International Affairs
Elective, but meets diversity requirement
Grade 12
one semester
5 credits

This study of events and people will increase the student's awareness of what is going on in the world and how it affects the United States and the student. Much of the class time will center around student and teacher discussion of current events and happenings in the world and in our area. The purpose of the class is to make students aware of everyday events and to encourage them to become further involved in these events. One book review per quarter will also be required.

Psychology
Elective
Grades 11, 12
one semester
5 credits

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. In this course we will look at aspects of human functioning in order to better understand our own behavior. This includes learning, perception, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and adjustment techniques.

Sociology
Elective
Grades 9 - 12
one semester
5 credits

Sociology is defined as the systematic study of human society, its organization, behavior, and relationships. In this class students will be made more aware of the major social institutions and how they impact each person's life, along with looking at the many facets that make sociology a part of everyone's daily life. Independent study of various sociological topics will also be a key component of the course of study.