Hello, and welcome! I’m Teri. Let me give you some information about myself and the “madness” that exists within this historian!
I have lived in New York state all my life, except for a stint abroad in Germany as a graduate student. I have a Bachelor’s Degree with a dual major; one in History and one in Adolescent Education. A few years later, I conquered my graduate studies to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education 5-12. I have taught an abundance of grade levels and subjects within my certification, but most of my experience is with high schoolers, or as I like to say- the kids who are taller than me.
I got my first gig as an educator in 2006 in the city of Buffalo, and then landed a spot in a rural community about 45 minutes outside of the city. Working with both urban and rural students provided me with an understanding of one major commonality- they are all just kids that need good adults in their life who encourage and inspire them to be better!
My specialties within secondary social studies are centered around US History & Government, World or Global History, and the History of Nazi Germany. I have created entire curriculums for self-created courses as well as for state-aligned courses. I have found that this is something I love to do; others will say it is because I am a control freak when it comes to my classroom. I will neither confirm nor deny this claim 🙂
On a personal note, I have been married to my husband, Michael, since 2014. He is my rock and biggest supporter when it comes to my personal and professional ambitions. We are a family of two, and it is incredible.
In 2019, I decided to take my experiences as an educator online! I opened up my “Mad Historian” store on Teachers Pay Teachers and have since been uploading curriculum, lessons, and resources that I have created since I began teaching. I started this blog in 2020. I post about a variety of things- resources that other educators may enjoy, projects that I have tried with my students, or open reflections about my experiences as an educator.
Some of my other interests include fashion, fitness and travel (especially historically-relevant travel!). I love my great, big extended family, and am blessed to be surrounded by so many people whom I love an adore. I do not take for granted the opportunities that I have been afforded, and hope that you will enjoy growing along side of me on my continued professional journey! Want to know more about my experiences in education? Read my blog “Let me introduce myself“. You can also check out my Mad Historian store for fun, engaging, and challenging social studies resources! Thanks, and I can’t wait to get to know you!