24 Jul

Carol Ward I Am Geo

I am Geography

I had the fortune to grow up in a military family that traveled to different places all the time. I believe this is what made me fall in love with Geography and want to major in it when I went to college. With my father being stationed in different places every few years, I was able to see different cultures not only here in the United States but also in Europe. Learning about people with different backgrounds, from different places, made me want to know more about how we are connected. I remember as a child living in Germany, going someplace new almost every weekend. As an adult teaching Geography I try to instill the excitement I have of learning about a new places and new people to my students and to my daughter.

After I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Geography Education, I starting teaching in Colorado. I have taught for 20 years with most of them teaching geography in high school. For the past 10 years, I have also taught AP Human Geography. I have loved adding this class to the courses offered at Windsor High School, showing freshmen about the world we live in and how we are connected even in ways they may not think of. My students have also taught me different ways to look at our ever-changing world.

When I tell people that I teach Geography to high school students, I commonly hear “I hated that class in High School, but now wish I would have paid more attention to it.” My wish is to change that viewpoint for students. I want them to leave World Geography or AP Human Geography saying “Wow that was interesting and I want to learn more.” I want to motivate students to see in what ways we are all connected and want to travel to see the places we learn about and meet the people from new and different cultures.

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