Model United Nations
Chess Club Advisor
This is my 30th year at Marist High School, where this year I teach sophomore modern world history, AP European history, AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP United States history. I've also taught freshman world history, government and economics and advise the Model United Nations, chess club and Trivia Bowl.
In my free time, I like to travel—preferably by train—and have had opportunities to visit many places I discuss in class. Memorable historical travels include the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2019; Russia in 2017 for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution; Sarajevo in 2014 for the hundredth anniversary of the assassination that began World War I; the point on the Austro-Hungarian border where the Iron Curtain first opened in 1989; several Japanese-American internment camps; Revolutionary War sites Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga, N.Y. (not far from where former student and Marist colleague Dr. Nicole Mombell taught before coming home); several presidential libraries; D-Day beaches of Normandy; a tree in Ottawa that nearly destroyed the world (ask me about it!); and the western half of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
I was born and raised in Colfax, Wash., Queen City of the Palouse Empire. Before Marist hired me just before Labor Day in 1992, I worked as a newspaper editor and reporter for three years at the "Lake Chelan Mirror" in Chelan, Wash., and as a legislative aide in two sessions of the Washington State Senate.
I belong to St. Peter Parish, where I am a lector and active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Inspired by past Marist colleague Jerry Ragan, I participate in the monthly community vigil against human trafficking and am a board member of Eugene's Nobel Peace Laureate Project.
College Now Certified:
- AP European History - LCC: History of Western Civilization (HST 102, 103)
- AP U.S. History - LCC: History of the United States (HST 201, 202, 203)
-AP U.S. Government and Politics - LCC: U.S. Government and Politics (PS 201-202)
Colfax (WA) High School, 1981
B.A., History, Gonzaga University, 1985
M.A., History, University of Washington, 1989
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