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#IamCHSSP: Mike Anderson

created Jun 10, 2015 09:55 AM

“I first became involved with UCIHP [University of California, Irvine History Project] in 2010 when my principal encouraged me to attend UAC or Understanding American Citizenship, a professional development program for history teachers. The UAC/UAH program lasted for four years and during that time, I got to visit places I had never been to, meet fascinating people and listen to some amazing speakers.  As a veteran, I felt very at-home with some many of our experiences such as visiting The U.S.S. Midway and the Air and Space Museum in San Diego.

“The pinnacle of my UAC experience was our visit to Angel Island in San Francisco. Other highlights were visits to The Chinese American Society of America, Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles and The Museum of Tolerance (MOT). I also really enjoyed the visit to the Agua Caliente Museum in Palm Springs and the summer institute on teaching The Cold War using primary source material.

“Among the interesting people we heard from were Dean Erwin Chermerinsky of The UCI Law School and his wife on separate occasions. We also heard presentations from other members of academia and the judicial system.

“If I were to recommend the UCIHP to a colleague, I would give them examples of what we have done and seen. I would talk about the great lessons I have gotten from others and then used in my own classroom, especially those using primary sources.

“The UCI History Project has exceeded my hopes and expectations for professional development in a lot of ways, but mostly I like the depth and common core focus of the material. I have gained so many lesson ideas that it has really made teaching History more enjoyable and hopefully more interesting for my students.”

-Mike Anderson

He has taught at Otto Fischer School for The Orange County Department of Education since 2001. He began his teaching career in Plano, TX in 1999. Born and raised in Portland, OR, Mike has a B.A. in History from Oregon State University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. Mike is a former Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard and commanded troops at the platoon and company level on three major deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kosovo and Iraq. He and his wife Jean have two sons, Braden and Austin.