Alex Winkler

 

Alex Winkler

Government, World History, Contemporary US Issues

Welcome to my classroom. I grew up just down the road in Gardner, KS and I graduated from Emporia State with my BSE in December of 2015. I did my student teaching at Spring Hill High School and I am very excited to now be here as a full time teacher. I am the Varsity Defensive Backs coach for the football team and I also coach the Freshmen Basketball team.

In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, watching and playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.

My wife (who teaches at the SHMS) and I just bought a house in Spring Hill this summer and we couldn't be more excited to call this town and school district our home.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I am looking forward to a great year!

In Government we start the year looking at what government is. What are the different forms of government? What are different forms of political thought?  Who influences our government? We will also dive right in and be right there with our founding fathers as they help form this great nation. We will be right there with the minutemen as the "Shot Heard Round the World" is fired and the signers of the Declaration of the Independence pledge their lives to liberty. This is not a class where we just learn about what our government looks like. Rather, this class is full of discussion on ideas, issues, and ideology, and how we as individuals get to shape the world we live in.

Students in World History will start out the year looking at the first major civilizations of the world. So much of our modern world can be traced back to the ideas and accomplishments of these early civilizations. From the fertile banks of the Tigris and Euphrates of Mesopotamia and the Nile in Egypt to the city-states of Greece to the Roman Republic (and Empire), our technology, society, culture, and politics all have their roots in these remarkable places. Students will be analyzing the elements and ideas that made up these civilizations as well as their accomplishments. Expect to discuss and participate as we explore ziggurats and pyramids, as we debate political thought and reason from the Greeks and Romans, and as we ride with Hannibal’s war elephants across the Alps.

Contemporary Issues will be looking at the world around us, spending a lot of time on these two questions: Why and how are these issues present? What connections from these issues can we make to the past and our own personal lives?


Alex Winkler
winklera@usd230.org

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