Social Studies

Resource Teacher: Fotini Economides 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Studies department is to encourage and promote effective thinking, writing,and reasoning. It is important that all students learn to conceptualize and connect ideas and knowledge with beliefs and civic participation. Our goal is to increase student to student discourse and critical thinking and writing skills.

Tutoring: Teachers are available for tutoring in different social studies subjects.


The goal of social studies is to help create literate and well-informed citizens who actively participate in a democratic society. Students learn how to become effective citizens through:

  • active engagement in the learning processes and skills of the social sciences and history;
  • development of a useful knowledge base in culture, economics, geography, history, and politics;
  • learning the fundamental structures of human systems of interaction and how these systems have developed over time;
  • application of concepts and knowledge of the past to problem-solving real-world issues of the present;
  • application and evaluation of the role of an effective citizen, including putting citizen participation theory into practice;
  • effective use of multiple sources of investigation for research and learning, including technology, primary and secondary source materials, the arts, film, and oral history; and
  • development and communication of social studies concepts and knowledge using a variety of formats, with a special emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing.


Staff List

Teaching Assignments

Fotini T. Economides 

(Resource Teacher)
  • US History
Melanie Abercrombie
  • Human Growth Development
  • Student Leadership
  • African American History
  • US History
James Andrews
  • MWH
  • NSL
Patrick Belott
  • IB Geography
  • IB History 1
  • European History
Paul Bolstad
  • US History
  • NSL
Christopher Donohue
  • IB Global Politics
  • MWH
  • NSL
Andreas Gelner
  • NSL
  • MWH
Samantha Hecox
  • AP Psychology
  • Psychology
  • AP Government
Nicole Holladay
  • AP World
  • AP US History
  • Psychology
Jared Kavlock
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • Sociology
Katelyn Klenk
  • US History
  • Law
Sean Loftus
  • AP Government
  • NSL
Anthony Nappo
  • AP Government
  • NSL
William Wisniewski
  • AP US
  • IB History 2
Robert Western
  • AP World
  • MWH
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