Social Studies Department at Wheaton High School

Social Studies Department

Social Studies Department

Department Phone: 301-321-3337

Mr. David Shaffner


The primary goal of social studies at Wheaton is for students to have a wide range of experiences and challenges as they study history and the social sciences. We use facts, concepts, generalizations, and the skills of history and the social sciences to foster responsible and informed citizenship.

Through the combined study of history and the social sciences, students critically examine past events and decisions and study human behavior in varied settings. As much as possible, we draw on the background, experiences, and prior knowledge of our diverse student body to enhance our classroom strategies. To meet these goals, the social studies department offers a variety of course offerings including the required courses, popular elective offerings, and challenging AP classes. The Social Studies Department is fully committed to supporting all pathways of the Global Studies Academy as well as providing enriching experiences through our elective offerings to students in all Wheaton Academies.

Social Studies: Department Staff 2018 - 2019

Mr. Marco Basso-Luco AP Government, NSL Government  
Mr. Bart Brooks AP US History, US History  
Mr. Ben Feasley AP Government, Economics  
Ms. Heidi Hemming US History, Peace Studies  
Mr. Andrew Kulesh NSL Government, US History  
Ms. Tobii Mason AP Psychology, Student Leadership, Global Studies Academy Leader, SGA  
Mr. Nikolas Papadopoulos Modern World History  
Ms. Shawnnell Perry NSL Government, Law, Minority Scholars Sponsor  
Ms. Katarina Pisini AP Psychology, US History,  11th Grade Class Sponsor  
Ms. Jeanne Salvado AP Coordinator, College Prep Literacy  
Mr. Matthew Scalese US History, Modern World History  
Mr. Giacomo Sciuto AP World Hist., World History, Latin American History  
Mr. Dave Shaffner Department Resource Teacher,  AP World History, AP Human Geo.  
Mr. Jon Sturman Modern World History, Global Studies  
Mr. Tremayne Wooten NSL Government, Modern World History, Afr. Am. Hist., JV Football Coach  
Mr. Eric Zolkiewicz AP Government, Life 101, Assistant Athletic Director  
Ms. Lauren Zolkiewicz AP US History, US History,  9th Grade Academy Leader, NHS  


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Every winter the NSL government teachers take all students to Washington D.C to get a closer look at the Three Branches of Government. Students get to visit the US Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, and the American History Museum.