Ryan Adams, Chelsea High School, Chelsea, AL
Ryan Adams earned his B.S. at the University of Alabama in Secondary Education Social Science (2003) and recently earned his MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2018). As a 14-year classroom veteran, ‘Coach’ Adams has taught a wide range of social science courses in both Alabama and Louisiana. He currently teaches AP US History 10 and 11 at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Alabama. Mr. Adams serves as the pitching coach for the baseball program and is the faculty sponsor for First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Chelsea’s Project Citizen. In 2011, he published his book, “To Be The King of Diamonds,” as a method of helping others through the telling of his own life story. Coach Adams and his wife, Melanie, reside in Chelsea with their four children: Sadie, Lee (Tug), Jesse, and Joanna.
Cassie Bates, Centennial High School, Franklin, TN
Cassie Bates has been teaching AP Human Geography at Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee, since August 2014. She earned a B.A. in History (2006) and M.A.T. in Teaching (2008) at Lee University. After graduating from Lee University, Ms. Bates spent a year teaching English in Ulsan, South Korea. On returning to the U.S., she taught 7th grade geography from 2010-2014 in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. Ms. Bates’ goal is to spread her passion for geography by creating global citizens in the classroom. Ms. Bates received the Tom and Stella Mullane Tennessee Geography Teacher of the Year award in spring of 2017. In fall of 2017, she was selected as an AGS Teacher Fellow to travel to New York City for their fall symposium. Cassie is an active member of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, promoting geography education in her state.
JoAnne Bohl, West Central High School, Hartford, SD
JoAnne Bohl will be in her 30th year as a high school social studies teacher. She began her career in 1989 in West Burlington, Iowa. In 1999, she moved to South Dakota and has been teaching at West Central High School in Hartford for the last 20 years. Ms. Bohl earned her B.A. in Social Studies/Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. In addition to her teaching assignments, she has served on a variety of school committees, is currently the chair of the WCHS PBIS Building Committee, and serves on the West Central School District’s Advanced Ed Committee and Customized Learning Implementors Team. Ms. Bohl’s interests include travel, exercise, and spending time with her husband, Pat, and their family of cats.
Jennifer O’Boyle, Klahowya Secondary School, Silverdale, WA
Jennifer O’Boyle earned her B.A. in English with a minor in German and her M.Ed. in School Administration from Central Washington University. Though her degree is in English, she has always been fascinated by history, most especially people’s stories. Her experiences overseas – as a high school Rotary exchange student and as a Fulbright teaching assistant – helped develop her love of travel and other cultures. Ms. O’Boyle currently teaches US History, AP United States Government, and AP Psychology at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, WA. While it is easy to focus on the negative when teaching social studies, Ms. O’Boyle instead tries to focus on helping students make connections to current world events, especially studying what others, including teenagers, have been doing to help solve community and world problems. This focus allows students to see their actions can make a difference. She enjoys spending time with her two children, Madeline and Keegan.