“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” 

Howard Zinn

History and Government Teacher

Teaching at New Roots starting in 2010 has given the opportunity to teach history, government, and economics through the lens of social justice and sustainability. Before teaching at New Roots I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Social Studies at Ithaca College. My academic interests include Education for Sustainability, Human Rights Education and Restorative Justice.  I have been inspired recently by professional development in Undoing Racism and Expeditionary Learning. History provides various lenses through which we can examine our world and forge a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are going. The past is made up of infinite story lines and ‘truths’ that illuminate the paths of human experience and human history is linked to the changing relationship between human and natural systems. I am committed to helping her students develop the tools to grapple with complex problems. Students in my classes can expect to be challenged in a supportive environment.


Comments from previous students;


  • “I feel this class will help a lot of people do well and be more prepared for college”
  • “I felt challenged, but not overwhelmed.”
  • “This course is very interesting. I’ve never succeeded in history until this year.”
  • “The organization of this class – notebooks, QOD’s, reading quizzes – has been exemplary and has really helped my mind organize its own capacity.”
  • “I loved this class! Although the paper was hard, it was necessary. Keep holding us to a high standard.”

Email: asouthern@newrootsschool.org