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Mrs. Stout's 7th & 8th grade Social Studies

Welcome to Social Studies!

Social Studies is an exciting subject where we delve into the realms of history using a variety of medians. We not only look at history through a historical perspective, we will also use history to study current events. Primary source documents are also a great way to gain an insightful critique into past events. But have no fear! We work to develop reading skills and strategies that can be used to dissect these difficult texts, skills that can be carried through your educational career, including high school and college.

The history, geography, and current events that shape the subject of social studies is not just a subject to me, it is a passion for me. The events that have shaped our past continue to shape the current world we live in and our future. Before I was a teacher I was working as a reporter and photographer for Pisgah Mountain News, a weekly that was owned by the Asheville Citizen Times. I graduated with a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from West Virginia University in 2002. After graduating, my husband and I lived in St. Thomas, USVI where I did some freelance writing and photography. I then went back to school and completed my teaching certification in 2008 and my masters degree in 2013.

Since I was young I have enjoyed learning about the people and places of the world. As an adult, I have had the moving experience of visiting the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France, with my husband and the wonderful city cultural experience of wandering through the streets of Paris, France. After my first year teaching Language Arts at WMJH I was chosen to travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China with a group of teachers from North Carolina thanks to the Center for International Understanding and The McClure Fund. In my spare time, I continue to take in as much history as I possibly can by visiting historical sites in the southeast with my family. My husband, Brian, and I have two daughters, Mara, 6, and Talah, 18 months. As a family we enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and swimming.

My love for learning about the wonderful world around us and the desire to share that love with middle schoolers is what makes teaching so rewarding. I hope you have a wonderful experience in Social Studies this year!