Social Studies

Social Studies combines a diverse set of subjects, such as World History, Civics and Economics, US History and even Psychology and Sociology.  

Studying social studies can help us understand our current world.  For instance, the conflict between the US and the Middle East can be better understood by exploring the development of the Middle East as a region and the residue left behind by Western powers.  Understanding how our government functions and operates can be accomplished through a study of the separation of powers, the Electoral College and a history of how our democracy has been shaped over time.  At a time when most careers involve a global component, it is important for us to be aware of the world around us, but also, the history that has shaped our global society.  Such knowledge can provide valuable lessons and skills in any career.

COURSES OFFERED

Civics and Economics, Economics, Government, Government & Politics (AP), and US History (Honors & AP) 

Pre-requisites and further details can be found in COURSE CATALOG.

DONNA SCHRONCE

dschronce@uchigh.com 

EDUCATION
M.A. Geography, Western Illinois University
M.E. Masters in Education candidate, Western Carolina University
B.A. Geography, Virginia Tech

EXPERIENCE
Instructor—Geography & Model UN Coach, Gardner-Webb University, 2013-2018
Reader/Rater—AP College Board United States History long essay/DBQ, 2009-present
Teacher—AP US History, Honors US History & Honors World History, Newton-Conover High School, 2005-2013
Teacher—US History & World History, Fred T. Foard High School, 2003-2004
Teacher, Cleveland Elementary, 1999-2001​​​​​​​

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Second Place National Teacher of the Year for American History, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), 2012
North Carolina Teacher of the Year for American History, DAR, 2011
Teacher of the Year, Newton-Conover City School System, 2010
Teacher of the Year for Newton-Conover High School, 2010
Best Lecturer Award, 2008-2009 and 2007-2008, selected by Newton-Conover High student body
Outstanding Teaching and Performance (AP US History), 2009​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURES
NBCT       National Board for Professional Teachers Standards, Adult-Young Adult Social Studies-History​​​​​​​
AIG           Academically & Intellectually Gifted License, NCDPI
AP USH   AP College Board US History Training​​​​​​​

UCHS LEADERSHIP ROLES
Model United Nations Advisor

 

JEFF TAYLOR

jtaylor@uchigh.com

EDUCATION
Brevard College, 1970-1981
B.A. History, UNC-Charlotte, 1981-1983
M.A. School Administration, Gardner-Webb University
Principal's Executive Program, UNC-Chapel Hill

EXPERIENCE
Teacher and Coach, Bunker Hill High School, 1984-2000
Assistant Principal, Bunker Hill High School, 2000-2002
Principal, H. M. Arndt Middle School, 2002-2007
Principal, Bunker Hill High School, 2007-2013
Principal, St. Stephens High School, 2013-2015
Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Teacher, Coach, 2015-Present

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Teacher of the Year, Bunker Hill High School, 1991
Coached Bunker Hill High School Cross Country Team to a 1A/2A State Championship, 1990
Catawba County Schools Principal of the Year, 2006
President, Catawba County Principals Association, 2004-2006
Member, Region VII Principal Advisory Board 2008-2010

UCHS LEADERSHIP ROLES
Dean of Students
Athletic Director
Cross Country/Track Coach

JERRY WILLARD

jwillard@uchigh.com 

EDUCATION
B.S. Social Science Education, Appalachian University (Boone, NC)
M.A. Social Science Education, Appalachian University (Boone, NC)
Graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill Principals' Executive Program

EXPERIENCE
Teacher & Coach, Warren County Schools (NC)
Teacher & Coach, Newton-Conover City Schools
Curriculum Coordinator, Newton-Conover High School
AP & Honors American Government Teacher & JV Basketball Coach, Wando High School (Charleston, SC)
Principal/Lead Teacher, Newton-Conover Health Science High School
Principal and History Teacher, UCHS (Hickory, NC) 2010-present

UCHS LEADERSHIP ROLES
Debate Team Advisor