Christopher Zurewich has 23 years of experience in education. He studied history at California State University Sacramento and then earned a Master's in Educational Leadership at National University. He has presented on local and national levels in Florida and in California.
He was a lead teacher for Osceola County’s Teaching American History Grant and has been a member of the National Council for History Education(NCHE) for many years.
Rachelle Strang completed her master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Prior to graduate school, Rachelle graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in history and in music in 2016. Her fields of interest include transnational and East Asian history with a focus on culture and music. Currently, Rachelle teaches Advanced Placement World History at NeoCity Academy in Kissimmee, Florida. Her latest professional development includes EduCon 2020, Dr. Norman M. Wall Teachers’ Institute on Holocaust Education 2020 and National History Day: Inspiring Student Research Series in addition to the NCHE L.E.A.D Grant. Most recently, Rachelle was a contest winner for the World History Digital Education Spring 2020 Lesson Plan Contest. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling, attending the latest musical, and playing the violin.
My name is Lisa Yann and I teach AP United States History at Celebration High School. I am a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in secondary education and history. I am very excited to be part of the LEAD grant, as it has been by far the best professional development I have ever experienced. I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but have called Florida home for the past 15 years. I enjoy politics, traveling, yoga, and my two Dachshund fur babies, Ella and Winston.
My name is Jennifer Guenther, I teach world history at the Professional and Technical High School in Kissimmee, Florida. I am entering into my 6th year of teaching overall, though this is only my second year in Florida. Before I taught in Illinois at both the middle and high school level. I spent my college years traveling the world to see all the places I would one day teaching about, including a one semester stay in Oxford, England to finish up my history degree.
Gary Benedix teaches AP Human Geography and AP World History at Celebration High School. In addition to his 8 years teaching at Celebration High, Gary is the Interact Club sponsor, serves as an AP Reader for the AP Human Geography exam, worked part-time for Osceola Virtual School, and has a MEd in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida.
My name is Oniel Rodriguez and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Osceola High School in Osceola County, Florida. I was born and raised in Hialeah, Florida with a Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto-Rican background; surrounded with bold personalities, amazing food, and a rich cultural heritage. I received my associate degree in general studies from Valencia College, my bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Florida, and my master's degree in family & marriage counseling from Palm Beach University's Orlando Campus. Life and its many twists and turns led me to teaching, and while the profession was never in my plans, it helped feed into my love for learning (especially history). I also enjoy making learning relatable and accessible and making a positive impact in my student's lives; aspects of teaching that keep me marching through the tough days. Other than teaching and education, My wife and I are proud parents to a beautiful one year old daughter, I LOVE art and design, documentaries, NASA, The Office, The Crown (on Netflix), Harry Potter, Pixar & the Disney classics. I'm a big fan of Miami sports teams (prerequisite of being born in Hialeah), I am a co-owner of a jewelry business with my wife and enjoy traveling along with getting to know and appreciate new cultures.
I have been an educator for over 20 years - all in Osceola County. I am grateful to have been part of a former Teaching American History Grant which dramatically changed my focus and knowledge of History and introduced me to some of the greatest academic influences of my career. I currently teach US History and have previously taught high school courses of Economics, Government, World History, Business, and middle school courses of US History, Earth Space Science and Health. US History is my favorite. I love to travel and see new places. I am also obsessed with food, but I do not eat beef or pork and am trying to go Vegan. I love to sleep in and be on the beach. Sleeping on the beach is one of my favorites. My husband and I both graduated from Gateway High School in 1993 and currently have a daughter who is a senior at PATHS.
I served over 20 years in the college admissions office prior to becoming a High School Social Science teacher. In my six years of teaching I have taught AP Psychology General Psychology, Economics, US Government, College and Career research and decision classes and currently teach AP Psychology and I am the AVID Coordinator at Liberty High School. Additionally, I am a Digital and Associate Professor and Valencia College in Orlando Florida.
My name is Carlos E Remolina and I was born and raised in Colombia, South America in the Andes Mountains, I completed my Social Studies Education degree at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and I have been teaching for 9 years. I enjoyed helping the kids develop a global perspective on historical events rather than just presenting one perspective on them. I am married and have two daughters. I specialize in AP World History and AP Human Geography. I have been working as a reader of AP Exams for the last years as well.
Apryl Taylor teaches social studies courses at the high school level. She currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History, Economics with Financial Literacy, and Debate. Ms. Taylor is seeking opportunities to expand her content knowledge, learn strategies promoting engagement, and promote inclusive history in the classroom.
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