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Thomas Best

Academic Biography:
I became a teacher (specifically in the area of the social studies/history) because of the influence of great teachers, fascinating books, and trips to local and state historic sites. By the time I was in high school, I knew wanted to share the love I developed with this most fascinating discipline. I have been teaching in the Monmouth-Roseville School Districts since 1983. I have been teaching part-time in the departments of history and educational studies since 1995. I consider it such a privilege to be able to share my academic experiences and skills with Monmouth College students. These students forever inspire me to challenge myself and impart what I have learned over almost 30 years of teaching. Indeed, I have developed many valuable friendships among fellow teachers, staff, and students.

Research Interests:
My research interests are in the fields of local history (architecture, cemeteries, etc.), western history, and the American Civil War. I have published a number of articles in journals that express this interest and research. I frequently present my current research and teaching methods at local, state-wide, and regional or national conferences. I am confident that frequent professional research and development is the key to staying informed, refreshed, and relevant to my fellow faculty members and our students.

Courses Taught:
TEDP 376 Secondary Social Studies Methods
Hist 314 The Civil War

Education:
B.A. University of Northern Iowa 1981
M.A. Western Illinois University 1991

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 16A Wallace Hall
Email: tbest@monmouthcollege.edu