By appointment or after
school most days in 207. Parents and students, don't hesitate to e-mail me for anything.
This year I am teaching:
AP U.S. History &
Hon. U.S. History.In
the past, I have also taught:
Chicago History, Consumer Education, AP European History,
Contemporary American History, Global Issues, U.S. History & World Studies,
and coached Policy Debate
Read my own work at my personal History page
Here I am
enjoying my summer vacation years ago with my little boy. Last
summer, I drove all over the USA, Mexico, and Canada, living in my tent.
|It has been an honor to teach
at Taft for most of my twelve year career. I am glad to be in the company of such
dedicated students and staff and hope we can make the most of this year.
Who am I? I live and breathe history and bring a lifetime of passion
for the subject to Taft. History, to me, is essential to the development of an identity
and needed to make informed decisions in this democratic country. It is
they key to compassion and peace. History is alive and
happening. One day merges into the next, one year becomes a decade and then a century.
Time moves on and leaves its shadows and ghosts. History reminds us who we are, but also,
maybe more importantly, that everything around us is temporary.
Born and raised and still living in Jefferson Park, I am a
proud graduate of
Northeastern Illinois University, where I studied secondary education and history. My
interests at college included U.S. political history. This knowledge served me
well during my years editing the campus newspaper and while interning with the
New York Post in
Philadelphia. Previously to working with Taft's students, I taught at Northside College Prep H.S.
and regularly subbed at Phoenix Military Academy. I am currently
attending NEIU's history masters' program as a
James Madison Fellow, thanks
to the McCormick
Civics Foundation. I am a real historian actively doing research and
am an active part of the academic community.
My interests most prominently include
driving around North America looking for large wild mammals and
I have two kids who I love very much and who make me smile everyday. My
hobbies include kayaking, convincing people to vote 'correctly', watching football,
gardening, and wasting my day playing
or watching Netflix. A good day is one in which I can drive around and fish.
Former students already know that I have a weakness for hamburgers and
must be overcome.
So, I hope we have a good school year and that you find in me
a capable and able classroom leader. I know we will learn a lot together.
Scott M. Plencner