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Jeremy Gypton is a veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom and as an administrator. His specialties are social studies curriculum and instruction, teacher coaching, and technology integration. He joined TeachingAmericanHistory.org in 2014 as a teacher program manager. Prior to his work with there, he served as a high school administrator and curriculum leader for three years, and a teacher of a variety of social studies courses for 11 years in Tucson, Arizona. He has taught both Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. Government and Politics as well as Dual Enrollment courses for Pima Community College in Tucson. He has extensive experience in curriculum studies, teacher professional development, and instructional technology. Gypton is a graduate of the University of Arizona's College of Education and has master's degrees in military studies from American Military University and education administration from Grand Canyon University.
Krister Swanson is a teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, located in Thousand Oaks, California. He instructs students in the varied topics of American history, literature, and government, as well as economics. Swanson received his BA in economics and history and his MA in educational administration from California Lutheran University. Additionally, Swanson received his MA and PhD in U.S. history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously taught at Valencia High School, where he was the social studies department chair, and at Arroyo Seco Junior High School, where he was the history department chair. In 2009, he served on the curriculum planning committee for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's Air Force One Discovery Center.
Krista Dornbush is a social studies instructor for the Huntington Beach Union High School District in southern California. Dornbush received her BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MS in instructional design and technology from California State University, Fullerton. Beyond being an instructor, Dornbush also authors educational material for students, including Kaplan's preparation guides for advanced placement U.S. history. She was also coauthor and consultant for McGraw-Hill's ONBoard course in U.S. history, a computer program dedicated to advanced placement studies. In addition, Dornbush is the chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Western Region for the College Board.
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Foundations of American Government—National Archives
Rights and Liberties—Library of Congress
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