Meet the Instructor
Joseph Paddenburg graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a BA in Secondary Education—History. After a semester of substitute work, Paddenburg was hired to teach at the Opportunity School in Danville, Va. It was a program of last resort for many students, and he was the social studies department, teaching every subject offered. After a few years, Paddenburg transferred over to the main school—George Washington High School—where he taught mostly World History, Geography, and Government. In 2001, Paddenburg and his wife moved to Greenville, SC and he began teaching at Southside High School, focusing on Government/Economics, World Geography, and World History. AP World was added to his resume in 2006, and he has been mainly teaching it to freshmen ever since. Four years ago, APUSH and IB History of the Americas was added to his schedule. Upon reading that College Board needed readers to score exams, Joseph put in his application and was hired for the 2010 read in Ft. Collins, Colorado; he has been part of the process every year since. For last year’s online read, he served as a table leader. In the spring of 2015, Paddenburg was part of the piloting of AP Insight for World History and was invited to become a consultant. That fall, he was asked to be part of the consultant team for all of AP World History. Paddenburg has been happily married to Michelle for 25 years, and they have three kids and one spoiled rescue pup.