My interest in World War II centers on science and technology. I am fascinated by how the war spurred scientific research and development and how the war has helped shaped the modern world. World War II shifted the boundaries of what humanity could achieve, and the more I learn, the more I am inspired by the technological legacy of the war.
As a National History Day teacher, I believe that I have two primary responsibilities: learning and teaching. I need to be knowledgeable about history and the topics that my students are interested in each year. At the same time, I need to be able to teach them how to engage in effective research so that they are able to form their own conclusions about important topics and participate in public life.
I want to foster in my students the same love of learning and inquiry that I have and an interest in at least one topic that we cover in class each year. I want my students to understand how history and the social sciences can offer a critical and relevant perspective to their studies.