Ms. Hagan's Background
Welcome to the new 2019-2020 school year and 8th Grade U.S. History! This is my third year as a member of the Nobel faculty and my 18th year as an educator. I started out at Nobel as a long-term substitute teacher and student teacher from 2001-2003. My daughter attended Nobel from sixth through eighth grade. I am credentialed in both Social Studies and English, and I have an administrative credential. We have a great eighth grade team of US History teachers who work closely together. I have taught at Mt. Gleason Middle School, Kennedy High School, Marshall High School and the Los Angeles High School of the Arts. Six years ago, I taught tenth grade English in China. I have been involved with student activities such as Link Crew and Junior States of America. Outside of the classroom, I was a Linked Learning instructional coach. A life-long learner, I recently received a Labor Studies Certificate.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, and my Master’s in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University. I love to travel, and have lived, worked and studied in various parts of the world.
This summer, I won an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for a week where 40 other teachers and I had a great time learning about the Lowell Mills, the Lowell Girls, industrialization, slavery and free African-Americans, immigration, racism, transcendentalism and romanticism. I also spent two weeks in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York City and upstate New York visiting historical sites and reigniting my passion for US History. I went to the Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, the national monuments (Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, the White House, Mt. Vernon (Washington), Monticello (Jefferson) and Montpelier (Madison). I LOVE HISTORY and hope that you will, too, after taking this class!!
Last summer, I traveled to South Africa where I volunteered at a preschool and community center, visited schools and consulted with teachers, administrators and students, went on home visits to ill community members, and traveled around the country. I visited Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben’s Island, and learned more about the apartheid regime. I am currently mentoring a South African college student and helping him through university so that he can continue as a role model and symbol of hope for his community.
At Nobel, I stay busy outside of the classroom. Last year, I served on the Culture and Climate Committee and as an elected member of Nobel’s Charter Council. I also was on the Budget Committee and the School Site Council (SSC). This year, I will be the advisor for GSA.
We have two exciting field trips planned to the Museum of Tolerance and the Reagan Library!
1) Museum of Tolerance - Tentatively October 3rd (periods 1-3) and October 4th (periods 4-6)
2) Reagan Library - Tentatively February 3rd (periods 1-3) and February 10th (periods 4-6)
In addition, I will be working towards my National Board Certification this year. Further details will be sent home soon.
I am looking forward to an amazing school year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
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School Phone: 818-773-4700, Room 73
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