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, M.A. in Philosophy (Thesis: "A Reassessment of Locke's Theory of Property"), and a M.L.A. in Humanities (Thesis: "The Enlightened Puritan - the Intellectual Thought of John Adams") from Southern Methodist University. I spent several years working on my Ph.D., but decided to abandon that and begin my teaching career. I started working on my Doctorate in Humanities from SMU in the Fall of 2015, my goal is to graduate in Spring 2018. My dissertation topic will be looking at the role of early American Gothic literature in developing American philosophical ideals in the first half of the 19th century, with particular attention on the writings and thought of Fitz-James O'Brien. I've been teaching for 20 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, six UIL Social Studies State Championships, three AcaDec State Championships, and one AcaDec Super Quiz Relay National Championship).
This year I will be teaching American Studies and a senior level honors elective class on Special Topics in Humanities. I am very excited about this course because I will be working with many of the same kids I had last year in AmStud and APUSH.
I work for the College Board in different capacities. I serve as a Reader and Question 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). I also am the Co-Chair for the Test Development Committee for the AP U.S. History course. 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 have published a three volume workbook series for Norton on the Historical Thinking Skills, for U.S., European, and World History. I am a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Society for History Education.
My wife, Elizabeth A. Irish, is a GT specialist at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Carroll ISD. In our spare time we enjoy traveling and spending time with our pets.
We have a number of pets that we have adopted over the years. Three Jack Russell Terriers (named Annie, Nellie, and Teddy) and one cat (a Blue Point Siamese male named Tom). 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, 2018-19, I will be at Carroll Senior High School (this will be my seventh year in Carroll ISD) teaching APUSH, American Studies AP, and Special Topics in Humanities - Honors.
I love teaching in Carroll, the students are outstanding and the parental support is amazing! Go Dragons - Irish protecting the tradition since 2012!
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Carroll Senior High School
1st Block: Special Topics in Humanities
2nd Block: American Studies (History)
3rd Block: American Studies (English)
4th Block: Conference
5th Block: Special Topics in Humanities
6th Block: American Studies (English)
7th Block: American Studies (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 (RIP), Lucy (RIP), Tom, Nellie, and Teddy
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