Teaching is one of the oldest, noblest professions. A strong society depends upon members’ understanding of national history and values, especially in a democracy based on citizen-governance. Familiarity with world history is equally necessary, including an appreciation of the diversity of human experience across time and around the globe. Teachers with a broad historical consciousness instill in their students a sense of the richness of the past and the exciting possibilities for the future.
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Check out what some current teachers and former History Aggies have to say!
Bobbi Kelly-Rodriguez, Class of 2008
Social Studies Coordinator at College Station ISD
After I graduated from Texas A&M (earning my B.A. in History in 2008 and my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2009), I quickly experienced the value of my studies in the History Department. The diverse coursework offered to me at A&M prepared me to teach across a variety of instructional areas with depth and complexity. Moreover, my studies proved foundational for my efforts as an active citizen. As I continue my work in education, I am indebted to my history professors who impressed upon me the reality that issues of the past represent brilliant opportunities to inform the present and the future. The challenge of building students’ capacity in the fundamental work of historians (like understanding multiple perspectives and evaluating sources) is one I feel privileged to tackle each and every day.
Rachel Haas, Class of 2018
World Geography Teacher at Energy Institute High School in Houston ISD
I graduated in 2018 with a double major in History and Russian Language and a Minor in Geography. In my current position as a World Geography teacher, one might think that my history degree has little to do with my current position. However, nothing prepared me better for teaching than the history courses I took at A&M. My history degree allowed me to explore my passions and learn valuable skills that I use daily. In my history courses, I learned more than just the history; I learned to think critically, break down arguments, write like a historian, and communicate well. In my current position, I teach with an engineering teacher, and the connections that my professors made between disciplines are tools that I use daily. These skills are the ones that have had the most lasting impact and enable me to be an effective teacher. A history degree from A&M is not a simple liberal arts degree, but one that creates a well-rounded knowledge of the world.