Social Studies Department

  • Department Chair

    Lauren Markham

    Extension: 20204

    Email: lauren.markham@orange.k12.nc.us

    Bio

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Planning

    Block 2: American II Honors

    Block 3: American II

    Block 4: American II


    Teacher

    Xavier Adams

    Extension: 

    Email: xavier.adams@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Baylor University (Undergard) Duke Divinity School (Grad School) Duke University (Grad School)

    Why I am a Teacher: I believe that it is incredibly important for students of color to see teachers of color discussing history from a critical lens that is inclusive for all peoples.

    Heroes: Ella Baker because she trusted in the capabilities of students to lead the Civil Rights Movement.

    Favorite Book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: World History - Honors

    Block 2: World History - ELL

    Block 3: Planning

    Block 4: World History


    Teacher

    Traci Barger

    Extension: 20208

    Email: traci.barger@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Appalachian State

    Why I am a Teacher: I love history and learning new things.

    Heroes: My parents, Roger and Marilyn McIntyre, for giving me everything that I needed to figure out how to be a grown-up.

    Favorite Book: Fair and Tender Ladies, by Lee Smith

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP European History

    Block 2: World History

    Block 3: Planning

    Block 4: AP European History


    Teacher

    Palmer Bowman

    Extension: 20205

    Email: palmer.bowman@orange.k12.nc.us

    Bio

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: American II

    Block 2: American II

    Block 3: American II Honors

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Suzanne Lantzy

    Extension: 20203

    Email: suzanne.lantzy@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Canisius College

    Why I am a Teacher: To be a positive role model in the lives of our students.

    Heroes: My grandmother, Jessie Neff, was the first to graduate from college in her family. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1933. She taught first grade. My grandmother was the first female elected to the Claridon School Board in the late 1940s. She was a quiet and compassionate woman who was a pioneer for women in my hometown community. As a result, I come from a family of educators.

     

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Civics Honors

    Block 2: Civics

    Block 3: Civics Honors

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Brian Schneidewind

    Extension: 20200

    Email: brian.schneidewind@orange.k12.nc.us

    College: Michigan State University

    Why I am a Teacher: In high school, I taught piano lessons and in college, I coached middle school track and field. I enjoyed both experiences very much. I can't imagine enjoying any profession more than being a teacher.  

    Heroes: Anyone who has overcome major obstacles, made the world a better place or brings out the best in others.  

    Favorite Book: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Planning

    Block 2: American I Honors

    Block 3: American I

    Block 4: Civics and Economics


    Teacher

    Van Smith

    Extension: 20202

    Email: van.smith@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Elon College

    Why I am a Teacher: I wanted to become a teacher just so I could coach. Then a funny thing happened, I realized that the same qualities that make a good coach also make a good teacher. I quickly learned to love teaching as much as I loved coaching. 27 years later I'm still loving it.

    Heroes: Jesus of Nazareth - a simple man from humble beginnings who didn't let the world define him. He stayed true to his convictions throughout his life. He honored his father, forgave his enemies, and loved so strongly that he was willing to sacrifice his life for others. We could all learn a few lessons from that guy.

    Favorite Book: The Book of Ephesians and/or The Book of Romans

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Civics

    Block 2: Civics Honors

    Block 3: Civics

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Marc Sprintz

    Extension: 20206

    Email: marc.sprintz@orange.k12.nc.us

    Website

    College Attended: University of Maryland, University of Delaware, George Mason University

    Favorite Book: Shogun

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Planning

    Block 2: American I

    Block 3: APUSH

    Block 4: American I


    Teacher

    Justin Webb

    Extension: 20207

    Email: justin.webb@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: UNC-Chapel Hill

    Why I am a Teacher: I wanted to be a positive role model for kids. An educator students could trust and know they care. I want to help students understand the present by learning about the past.

    Heroes: One is a family member my Aunt Betty Mae. She battled Muscular Dystrophy her entire life. She spent 50 years of her life in a wheelchair and lived her life to the fullest. She served others, wrote books and letters, and never allowed her sickness slow down her motivation to live. The other is my dad. He has shown me in life you work hard for everything you get and to always remain humble. He has personally rescued me numerous times when I have been in trouble. His actions have always spoke louder than his words.

    Favorite Book: Blue Blood

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP Psychology

    Block 2: AP Psychology

    Block 3: Psychology Honors

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Nicholas Williams

    Extension: 

    Email: nicholas.williams@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Rhodes College (BA), University of Rochester (MS)

    Why I am a Teacher: Inspire students to pursue learning as a lifelong goal

    Heroes: Anyone who overcomes difficulties and succeeds

    Favorite Book: Brothers Karamazov

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Williams Period 1

    Block 2: Planning

    Block 3: Williams Period 3

    Block 4: Williams Period 4