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Middle School History and Religious Studies

Throughout the Middle School History curriculum, students will explore themes such as culture, power, authority and governance, global connections, civic ideals and practices and individual development and identity. Students will approach the study of history by using various reading strategies including close reading, sourcing, and contextualization. They will learn to evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple viewpoints to fully understand issues, as well as making connections between the past and present. Writing skills include being able to analyze primary and secondary source documents and to make historical claims supported by evidence.

Middle school religion classes meet two days a cycle for the entire year in fifth and sixth grades. The focus of the fifth grade class aligns with the students’ historical study of ancient history in their history class. While students learn about the world’s major religious traditions, the stories, history, and prophetic writings from Hebrew scripture and the New Testament provide the main focus. The sixth grade class also aligns with this grade’s historical study of American history with a focus on the development and proliferation of Christianity during the Age of Discovery, the colonization of the New World, and the founding of the United States. New Testament writings about community, fellowship, and discipleship undergird this course as well as the development of sacred music and writing.

To meet your child's teacher, please click on the "Video" link found underneath the photo.

Please note, some teachers teach multiple subjects. After clicking the video link, you may need to scroll to find your child's subject.

Jana Barger

Jana Barger

Middle School History Teacher, Sixth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History, Texas A&M University
Master of Liberal Arts, Southern Methodist University
Judy Dominick

Judy Dominick

Middle School English and History Teacher, Seventh Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History, Carleton University
Bachelor of Education, Nipissing University
Master of Education, Framingham State University
Meg Fahrenbrook '01

Meg Fahrenbrook '01

Assistant Head of Middle School, Middle School History Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Wheaton College
Ron Frankland

Ron Frankland

Middle School History Teacher, Seventh Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History, University of North Texas
The Rev. Amy Heller

The Rev. Amy Heller

Senior Chaplain, Chaplain: Beginners - Fifth Grade
Bachelor of Arts, Colgate University
Master of Divinity, Yale University
The Rev. Tim Kennedy

The Rev. Tim Kennedy

Chaplain, Middle and Upper School Chaplain, Middle School Religion Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Austin College
Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Austin College
Master of Arts in Education, The George Washington University
Master of Divinity, Yale University
Doctor of Ministry (candidate) in Educational Leadership, Virginia Theological Seminary
Donna Oltman

Donna Oltman

Middle School History Teacher, Fifth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History, Pepperdine University
Brittany Rigg

Brittany Rigg

Middle School Long Term English and History Substitute, Seventh Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in English, Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Education, Southern Methodist University
Master of Science in Education, Southern Methodist University
Eliza Youngquist

Eliza Youngquist

Middle School History Teacher, Eighth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History, Baylor University
Master of Education, Southern Methodist University