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Chris Mullin teaches Latin, Advanced Placement European history, and Advanced Placement United States history in Santa Ynez Valley, California, at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. Mullin graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in classical Greek and Latin and received his master's degree in education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been a fellow of the Teachers Network Leadership Institute and a facilitator for the California History-Social Science Project. In addition, he has developed numerous history-related classroom activities that he presented at state and national conferences. In 2003, Mullin was named California Teacher of the Year for his passionate and innovative approaches to teaching history.
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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