Christopher Simpson

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BS- Special Education ( Certs- SPED, Composite Social Studies, PE, Business & Finance)

Christopher Simpson

2014 #3 Ranked ESPN/USA Today, Iolani Classic Champs (Hawaii), bass Pro TOC Runner Up, 16AAA Regular Season District Champs, District Tournament Champs, MIAA City Champs, Region Runner-Up, Sub-State. 2013 District Champs, Regional Quarter-Finalist 2011 TSSAA Class 3A State Semi-Finalists, Region Champs, District Runner-Up Freshman Boys State Champions! 2010 TSSAA Class 3A State Tournament Runner-Up, Region Runner-Up, District Runner-Up, MIAA City Champions 2009 TSSAA Class 3A State Tournament Champions, Regional Champs, District 16AAA Champs 2008 TSSAA Class 3A State Tournament Runner-Up Regional Runner-Up, District Runner-Up 2007 TSSAA Middle School State Sectional

 Bryce Hejl

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BS Interdisciplinary Studies 7-12 Social Studies 4-8 Social Studies ESL Supplemental

Bryce Hejl

 Aaron Quezada

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 Bryan West

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Bryan West

   I attended the University of Texas at Austin and have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. I currently teach Social Studies. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in Sales and Technology. In my class, we try to be excellent at discussion and we strive for student centered learning.

 Cathleen Cadigan

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B.S. in History - Masters in History

Cathleen Cadigan

   I teach U.S. History/ Social Studies here at TJ. I graduated from the University of North Texas - University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in History - Masters in History. I worked at SouthView High School in Hope Mills, NC for one year before beginning my career at TJ. I have proudly taught at TJ since 1997. I am happy to have the opportunity to teach such amazing students in a fantastic classroom!

 David Newhouse

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University of North Texas

David Newhouse

I attended University of North Texas. I teach World History Pre AP & Chess here at TJ.

 Dixon Peabody

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B.S. Social Science Education

Dixon Peabody

    I attended Florida State University and graduated with a B.S. in Social Science Education. Thomas Jefferson High School is my first teaching position. I'm in charge of Research and Design of Social Studies. My classroom is an open and inviting place where all voices have a safe place to be heard, learned from, and to grow from together. Through our research of different topics, my students are building their communication skills, vocabulary, and are becoming college ready each and every day. #PPBDI

 
 
 Gretta Kershner

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Texas A&M University, B.S. Political Science

Gretta Kershner

I teach Social Studies Research here at TJ. I attended Texas A&M University for my B.S. in Political Science. I prefer to have my class be student-led for both learning and discussion. I also like to make it fun; social studies doesn't have to be boring!

 Jason Owens

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 Keith Yoder

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BA and MA in History

Keith Yoder

I teach AP Government & Politics, Economics at Brookhaven. I attended Oklahoma State University and UT Dallas. I earned my Bachelors in History in 2006 and my Masters in History in 2009. I began teaching as a volunteer English teacher for immigrants in south Dallas. I taught English in South Korea, Mongolia and Morocco after that. I spent two years teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in Washington state. I teach in a traditional classroom and work hard to present my lessons as informative, rigorous and pertinent to the ACP students take at the end of the year.

 Megan McCleskey

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I graduated from Midwestern State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in History and in 2018 with a Master's in Educational Leadership.

Megan McCleskey

I teach World History, both regular and PreAP. I graduated from Midwestern State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in History and in 2018 with a Master's in Educational Leadership. I began my teaching career at Thomas Jefferson in 2013, and I love the environment of our school. I try to provide a welcoming place for my students to explore history and the world around them. Through critical thinking, we analyze the actions of those who came before us and learn a little bit about ourselves along the way.

 Robert Travis

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 Ryan Burchfield

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B.A. in Spanish

Ryan Burchfield

   I teach US History, and I am a Football Coach here at TJ. I attended Dallas Baptist University and Texas A&M University and have a B.A. in Spanish. I have worked in College Station ISD, Bryan ISD, and Dallas ISD. My hope is to create a safe learning environment in which students feel comfortable enough to take risks. I seek to give each student appropriate challenges so that they everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.