United States History

Mrs. Pier Larsen earned her B.A of English and History at The University of North Texas.  After receiving a James Madison Fellowship, she completed her M.A in History at The University of North Texas. She has 14 years of teaching experience including on-level and Pre AP World and U.S. History.  She taught AP® U.S. History for 6 years and was an AP® Reader for the College Board® for 3 years before becoming the Director of Social Studies for Carrollton-Farmers Branch.

Mr. Scott Shaw earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Houston Baptist University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Southern Methodist University.  He has 20 years of teaching experience including middle school Texas and U.S. History and high school on-level U.S. History and Advanced Placement® U.S. History.  Mr. Shaw was awarded the Teacher of the Year award at McKinney North High School. He has presented workshops at the district level focusing on improving TAKS scores, writing presentations at the Texas Council for the Social Studies State Convention, and also was a certified Ruby Payne "Teaching Students in Poverty" trainer.

Team Leader: United States History

Laura Shinn Breaux  (Team Leader) earned her B.S. in International Affairs from The Florida State University and her Juris Doctorate from The South Texas College of Law. Laura has 13 years of teaching experience including serving as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Education at University of Houston – Clear Lake. She was the K-12 social studies specialist for the Region 10 E.S.C. and currently works as an independent consultant throughout the state of Texas.

Mr. Jarred Stewart earned his B.S. in History from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  He has 10 years of teaching experience including Pre-AP middle school social studies, World Geography, and AP® US History. He is a regular presenter for Texas Council for Social Studies, Richardson ISD, and College Board® on issues of teaching strategies and technology integration. In 2010 Mr. Stewart was named Richardson ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Pamela Thomas earned her B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. She has 10 years of teaching experience including On-level U.S. History, AP® United States History and AP® World History at the high school level. Ms. Thomas is currently employed as a K-12 Social Studies Coordinator. She was been chosen as the Grand Prairie Teacher of the Year as well as the Clarkston High School Top 10 Teacher of the year.

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