Teacher Advisory Council

Geoff Wickersham

Years teaching: 25
Subjects: History and English
Education: B.S., Michigan State University (English Education)
M.Ed., Wayne State University (English Education)

Geoff Wickersham has been teaching American history and American literature since 1991. He recently began work on a second Master’s degree in American History and Government at Ashland University. He was a member of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies Executive Board from 2000–2004 and co-editor of MCSS’s newsletter during that time. Geoff studied at the National Archives in 1999, participating in their teacher workshop on primary sources. In 2001, he earned a spot in the Gilder Lehrman summer teacher institute on Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg College. In 2011, he spent a week with gifted teachers at the Choices Institute at Brown University studying human rights. He has been teaching at Groves High School since 1997. World History, American History, Honors Philosophy, Excel 10 (American history and literature hybrid class), and AP U.S. History are some of the courses he teaches. When not teaching APUSH, Geoff may be found reading Stephen King novels, history books, or playing with his Golden Retrievers.

“I am interested in the National Humanities Center and its mission to expand American social studies and literary knowledge and improve teaching throughout the nation. I hope to be able to pilot and work with new NHC lessons and apply them to my classroom. I have two degrees in English Education but have been teaching social studies for the past 22 years, so I am hoping to bring my expertise in both areas to the Teacher Advisory Council.”