Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies
        Bringing Social Studies to Teachers in the Inland Empire

              A California Council for the Social Studies Affiliate


    Bringing Social Studies to


A California Council for the Social Studies Affiliate                          

History-Social Science Teachers of Excellence

The Inland Empire is home to some of the best history-social science teachers in California.  Every year the Inland Empire Council fro Social Studies the San Bernardino and Riverside County Offices of Education join to recognize outstanding H-SS educators who are selected by colleagues and administrators for their contributions to education. All of those honored exhibit the characteristics of excellence in leadership, knowledge of content, creativity, and caring that create the best learning experience for students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow and that help fellow educators to achieve excellence as well. Join us in congratulating and honoring them for their outstanding contributions to schools in inland Southern California.

Characteristics of a History Social Science
Teacher of Excellence

  1. Inspires students to perform at the highest level and demonstrate responsible citizenship.
  2. Uses a variety of approaches, strategies, and materials that fully engage all students in learning the California history-social
    science curriculum.
  3. Demonstrates broad content knowledge and promotes advanced history-social science thinking.
  4. Shows leadership in and beyond his/her school and provides students with opportunities outside the classroom to participate in history-social science related activities such as History Day, We the People, Service Learning, Mock Trial, Model UN, etc.
  5. Works well with other staff and is recognized by peers, students, and parents as an outstanding teacher.

Congratulations 2014 Inland Empire Social Studies Teachers of Excellence!

Bottom Row: Meagan Muschara, Ricardo Elias, Stephanie Reilly (CSUSB History Club) and Marco Rojo (Desert Mirage HS)
Top Row:  Jeni Boulanger (Pinon Mesa MS), Nancy Gaines (Desert Knolls), Christine Pollitt (Gage MS), Michael Madruga (La Familia HS),
Kathryn Matteson (Vista Heights MS), Steve Owen (Riverside Preparatory), Magen Kroell (Lakeview Leadership Academy), and
Cherilynne Hollowell (North HS)

The December 4th Social Studies Educators of Excellence Awards Dinner hosted at Riverside County Office of Education Conference Center was a celebration to remember. Pictured above are the nine teachers and three members of the California State University San Bernardino History Club who were honored. Representing elementary, middle and high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, these teachers have not only served as outstanding educators who have made a differences in the academic opportunities and success of their students, they have been leaders in their field who go beyond the norm in creating exciting, intellectually stimulating and student affirming social studies classrooms that are models for peers. These teachers challenge students to reach for the best in themselves and for success in college, career and civic life. The work of these teachers in transforming students' ideas of what they can learn and do has improved the quality of communities and institutions throughout the Inland Empire, as shared by one teacher who taught a newly elected congressman from the region. The three CSUSB History Club leaders have done many of the same things through the alternative route of tutoring Upward Bound high school students, not only increasing their achievement in regular history-social science classes but in Advanced Placement as well. This has greatly enhanced the high education options of those high school students. Learn more about each of these awardees at 2014 Award Recipients' Information.docx

The program for the evening was entitled "Time Travel with Amy Tyson." Actually this was also an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of area social studies teachers and programs in that Amy graduated from Apple Valley schools and a couple of her former teachers were in the audience.   Now an Associate Professor of history at DePaul University, Ms Tyson shared the value of public "living history" programs, and classroom historical interpretation and simulation for creating understanding of the people, the ideas, and the reform movements of the past.

Dr. Amy Tyson
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