About me...the Social Studies Guy...

 

   I had the great privilege of growing up in New York City during the 1970s and 80s.  Attending the public school system from elementary through high school there was a rich and rewarding experience.  Learning, laughing and living with so many different types of people taught me to appreciate and respect diverse cultures.  After attending the City University of New York [CUNY] I went into private business for 4 years founding a neighborhood sports themed tavern.  After the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and losing 6 friends and acquaintances [firemen among them] I decided to enlist in the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan from 2002-3.  After an honorable discharge I decided to stay in North Carolina and teach high school social studies. 
   I've had the honor of teaching at several school districts in North Carolina including Durham, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Guilford, Randolph, Thomasville City, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  At each stop I learned many valuable lessons from diverse student populations: rural, suburban and semi-urban.  In addition to witnessing creative, experienced teachers hone their craft the input I've received from different administrators and staff development personnel has driven me to become a more reflective and flexible educator.

    I hold an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I also attained principal licensure in the university's Post Master's Certificate program.  I earned National Board Certification in 2009 validating much of the support and instructional growth I've had the good fortune to experience over the course of my teaching journey.  I can't think of anything else I'd rather do professionally.  Development of this website is ongoing so please visit often.  I am very receptive to feedback, suggestions for additions, revisions or improvements for this site so feel free to contact me.    

I may be contacted via e-mail at mquinones@wsfcs.k12.nc.us.  I hope this website is useful to the students and educators that visit!

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