Experienced Teacher in ALL Social Sciences Certified AP US & World
Experienced Teacher in ALL Social Sciences Certified AP US & World
I'm Erik and I have 16 years of professional teaching experience ranging from grades 7 to 12, with some tutoring and mentoring of college students and student teachers. I graduated from Concordia College with degrees in History, Political Science, Sociology, and later completed my teaching credentials there as well. I also completed a Master of Science at St. Cloud State University in History, and did post-graduate work in Military History, Literacy, Special Education, Bilingual Education,...
I'm Erik and I have 16 years of professional teaching experience ranging from grades 7 to 12, with some tutoring and mentoring of college students and student teachers. I graduated from Concordia College with degrees in History, Political Science, Sociology, and later completed my teaching credentials there as well. I also completed a Master of Science at St. Cloud State University in History, and did post-graduate work in Military History, Literacy, Special Education, Bilingual Education, and doctoral-level work in Public Policy. Clearly, I love to learn and that came from having those few teachers that stood out throughout my life that taught me to never stop learning. It is a skill I worked hard to pass to each and every one of my students through my dedication to them as individuals and ensuring that they know that their personal goals and unique experiences matter to me. Still, I’m fully aware that many students find History (and many other Social Studies’ classes) “boring,” “difficult,” or they just don’t see a connection to themselves. How do I overcome that as a teacher? I remember the simple truth: it’s about telling the full story, including the details that bring the actors (especially those often forgotten) behind the events to life. When you bring passion, energy, and you’re not afraid to be a little dramatic at times, History goes becomes the engaging story of the past it should be. This often meant that lessons involved creating a “living history” as often as we could, with my lectures recorded online for them, and class dedicated to brief reviews and then exploratory learning through different lessons ranging from debates to simulations to seminars to mock trials or allowing the students to choose their own creative expressions. My desire to connect my students to “living history” led to working with local veterans, who then experienced my teaching first hand for themselves. The proudest moment of my career came when I was bestowed with the 2015-16 Minnesota VFW Teacher of the Year, because it personifies how my love of history, my dedication to my students, and my desire to serve my community all come together.
One of the aspects of tutoring or working with smaller groups of students is the ability to really break the material down and help them reach a personal connection to the material to increase their own understanding. Our class sizes ranged from 34 - 39, so I held open tutoring sessions on certain mornings or by appointment. I also spent many years working as a homebound instructor for students unable to attend classes. These smaller settings really allow a teacher to focus in on what the student needs and give them the type of guidance specifically designed for their problem.
Prior to becoming an AP teacher, Minnesota once had a writing portion on our MCA state tests given at the 9th Grade level. My cohort and I made our professional development goals center on improving writing ability to help our students gain an edge in this area. We developed methods of allowing them to build on their skills incrementally towards mastery, while making use of the material, through small writing assignments that targeted a specific skill, i.e. thesis development. We often made it interesting by doing newspaper articles where they had to argue against their own views or write historical fiction. For a time, the state experimented with "high-stakes" testing, connecting the MCA's to graduation. My cohort and I each held a passing rate in the 90 percent range. I used a similar, but more advanced method once I moved to Advanced Placement World History. The students achieved a 70% pass rate overall, exceeding the global averages, with the majority finishing in the top quarter. The key again was to break it into pieces, but also find ways to make it interesting.
While the different fields in History are a passion of mine personally and professionally, they also provide areas of constant research for me. Besides my Masters in History, I gained College Board certification in both Advanced Placement United States and World History. My professional history includes teaching experience in Advanced Placement World History, Honors US History, US & EL Collaborative US History, but also other Social Studies courses including: Economics, Government, Sociology, Crime & Justice and Constitutional Law. I have worked with both high-end learners and those who needed the most help. As stated, my AP World students exceeded the global averages, but I also take tremendous sentimental pride in my work in Credit Recovery US History. During this course, I worked with a small group of students after school not only to help them earn their History credits for graduation, but study skills to apply for other courses. These students often slipped through the cracks in larger classes, but benefited greatly from the more individualized attention.
My purpose in joining the profession was simply to improve the lives of the students I worked with and help them advance forward to reach their goals. I am always open to new resources to add to my collection and welcome these and suggestions from parents and students, while providing timely responses. While I have significantly more availability to work with students online, I will also work with students in person, especially those needing help in US/World or each of those AP Courses. Feel free to contact me with additional questions or to schedule a lesson. I look forward to working with you!
Knowlgable and dedicated tutor.
Erik went above and beyond to make sure I did well while studying and for the test itself. He truly helped me anyway possible and did so professionally and in a timely manner. Everything he did was done with precision and purpose. If you need something done or need help, Erik will get you there and more.Mo, 3 lessons with Erik
Erik was a great help! He provided a review session for my son’s World History test. My son ended up with the best grade he’s made all year. We will definitely be reaching out again next year for US History.Tammy, 1 lesson with Erik
Great “AP WH teacher”
I didn’t know how hard it was to find a good AP WH teacher until our daughter needed one. Erik is very easy going and wonderful to work with. Most of all our daughter enjoys his lesson. He’s very knowledgeable and seems to love the subject and teaching it. We’re looking forward to working with him all through this academic year and the next year for US History. Thanks Eric❤️Bonnie, 6 lessons with Erik
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