Bio: I have now been a Social Studies teacher in the Anchorage School District for twenty years - the last twelve of which have been at Eagle River High School. I have also taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in both the Department of Prepatory and Developmental Studies and the Department of Education. My first bacheIor's degree is in History, which I earned at the University of Maine at Orono. (I was the seventeenth member of my family to graduate from UMaine, so you could say it is a family school.) As a result, I genuinely enjoy teaching United States History and Western History, which I have taught at every level throughout my career. I took a second bachelor's degree from UMaine in Education, and have since earned Master's degrees from graduate work at Western Oregon University and the University of Exeter in the UK. I am currently finishing my PhD in Educational Theory at the University of Stirling in Scotland. While I am a committed historian and academic (I wear sweater vests most days, and still pull out both corduroy and tweed on occasion), I am an educationalist first and foremost. I enjoy the enlightenment and liberation that learning to learn brings to people, particularly young people.