A Bit O' Irish
Short Biography: I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but spent most of my life in North Texas. I received my B.A. in philosophy and political science from Southern Methodist University and my M.A. in philosophy from the University of Arkansas. I spent several years working on my Ph.D., but decided to abandon that and begin my teaching career. I hope some day to finish my Ph.D. I just recently began another Masters program, with a concentration in Humanities and American Studies, from SMU. I am a season ticket holder for SMU Football & Basketball - Kick 'em Stangs! I've been teaching for over 15 years, mostly in Katy ISD (a suburb just West of Houston on I-10 about 30 minutes) at Katy Taylor and Katy Seven Lakes, teaching AP U.S. History, AP European History, and Humanities. I've coached tennis, UIL Social Studies, and Academic Decathlon (I have won three 5A Team Tennis State Championships, five UIL Social Studies State Championships, three AcaDec State Championships, and one AcaDec Super Quiz Relay National Championship).
I work for the College Board in different capacities. I serve as a Reader and Table Leader for the APUSH Exam. I also work as a Faculty Consultant for College Board, which means I train new and experienced teachers at 1-day, 2-day, and week long Summer Institutes througout the Southwest Region (this region serves Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico). This summer (Irish SI Tour 2013) I will be at UTA, UALR, SMU, OU, Rice, UT, and UTSA. I also serve on the Test Development Committee for the new AP U.S. History course and exam - which will go into effect the 2014-15 school year. I've published all the ancillaries that go with The American Pageant textbook, along with a four volume APUSH workbook with the Center for Learning. I am a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Society for History Education.
My wife, Elizabeth A. Irish, teaches APUSH and coaches the UIL Social Studies team at Birdville High School (she's also won four UIL Social Studies State Championships). In our spare time we enjoy attending the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra (we are season ticket holders), traveling, and spending time with our pets.
We have a number of pets that we have adopted over the years. Two Jack Russell Terriers (named Annie and Nellie) and three cats (Black female named Katy, Blue Point Siamese male named Tom, and our newest addition is an Albino Calico female named Lucy). All our pets have either been adopted from a shelter or were strays that showed up at our house and we adopted them. See bottom of the page for pictures of all the Irish pets. We live in Bridgeport, actually Lake Bridgeport, out in the country on three acres of land.
This school year, 2013-2014, I will be at Carroll Senior High School teaching AP U.S. History, coaching the UIL Social Studies team and being the UIL Academic Team Coordinator. If you are interested in trying out for the UIL Social Studies team (or any teams), please contact me as soon as possible, I want to talk to you. I will be talking to many of you about this during the Fall semester. Preparation for a UIL Social Studies state championship will begin in January. See the UIL Social Studies page for more information.
Protect the Tradition
Carroll Senior High School
1st Block: Conference
2nd Block: American Studies (History) AP
3rd Block: American Studies (English) AP
4th Block: AP U.S. History
5th Block: AP U.S. History
6th Block: AP U.S. History
7th Block: AP U.S. History
8th Block: Conference
Room: #109 | Email: Gmail School | Phone: 817.949.5800 (Ext. 5832)
Tutoring: Monday (AM) & Friday (PM), or by appointment.
The Irish Pets (from left to right): Annie, Katy, Lucy, Tom, and Nellie
|A BIT O' IRISH|