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I began teaching in 2008 and have been teaching at Westlake since 2012. I feel fortunate to teach world history, as world history is my passion. It started in the fifth grade while I was living in Okinawa, Japan.
In addition to teaching at Westlake, I also coordinate and run the school Spelling Bee.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two children, and our (senior) dog who thinks she is still a puppy. I enjoy scrapbooking, swimming, and watching sports. My favorite teams are the Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rockies.
I love history. I love teaching. And, I love sharks. (We all have our quirks, right?)
I post all class assignment, activities, instructions and due dates on Schoology. If you have any questions about class, please check there first. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at Danielle.Mawhir@adams12.org.
Unfortunate information about Social Studies instruction in the U.S.:
"Between 1993 and 2008, instructional minutes spent on social studies declined by nearly an hour per week, and at some elementary schools, students now receive only 20 minutes of social studies per week. But, social studies instruction is now more important than ever -- it provides students with the fundamental skills they need make smart decisions, ranging from regulating one’s own emotions to making choices that affect larger communities." (NewsELA)