Michael Breakey teaches US History I, II, and College Success at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Mike is also a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and has a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an M.A. in History from American Military University, and a PhD in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Learning and Leadership Program. In twenty-two years of military service, Mike deployed in support of numerous operations including Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He is a combat veteran with over 5,000 flight hours and his military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Air Training Command Instructor Pilot of the Year.
Hunt Davidson is a high school teacher in the Upper School History Department at Chattanooga Christian School. Hunt holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Covenant College, an M.A.T. from Covenant College, and an M.A.L.A from St. John’s College. He has co-created curriculum for a 9th grade Civics/US Government course, a 9th grade Economic Literacy course, and an 11th grade U.S. History course. Most recently, he developed a course entitled “Ancient and Medieval History” that he is currently teaching.
Pam Fields is Social Studies Department Chair and a high school teacher for Hilger Higher Learning. She teaches a variety of courses including U.S. History, American Government, Economics, World History, and Cultural World Geography. She holds a B.S in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee at Martin and also earned certification in Special Education and Reading. Pam has 40 years of experience as a teacher and educational diagnostician. Pam is also a Faculty Director/Lead Teacher for Signal Mountain Christian Co-op, where she teaches History, Latin, Bible, and Study Skills for a group of Middle School students. In 2014, Pam received the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge Distinguished Teacher Award.
Jeremy Henderson is a teacher of 8th grade U.S. History and 11th grade Advanced Placement U.S. History at the Center for Creative Arts. Previously, he taught U.S. History at Hixson Middle School for 12 years. Jeremy earned a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received the Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger Scholarship in American History. When he was a graduate student, Jeremy was awarded a six-week study fellowship to India through UTC’s Departments of Religion and Communications to learn about India’s pluralistic religious traditions. In 2007, Jeremy was the recipient of a Japan Fulbright Memorial Award for Teachers, which enabled him to study Japanese culture and education. In 2014, as a Fellow in the Fund For Teachers Program, Jeremy was provided a unique U.S. History professional development program as FFTP enabled him to design his own study tour of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Matt Logan teaches Honors and Advanced Placement U.S. Government at LaFayette High School where he was recognized as 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. He holds a B.A. in History from Kennesaw State University and an M.A.T. from the University of Southern California. He attended seminars at Emory University through the National Endowment for the Humanities and Yale University through the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and received the College Board’s Rural Fellows Scholarship and the National Society of High School Scholars’ AP Teacher Grant.
Linda Moss Mines was Chair of the History Department at Girls Preparatory School (GPS) in Chattanooga where she taught and coordinated senior level AP classes, Constitutional Law, and the “Partnerships in the Community” program. In spring 2017, she was inducted into the GPS Faculty Emeriti program. She completed both her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and Master’s degree in Curriculum (History) from Tennessee Tech University. She also is an ABD Ed.D at the University of Tennessee and has done further graduate work at Stanford and Georgetown Law Schools. Linda is the Chattanooga and Hamilton County official historian, a lifetime appointment awarded by both the Chattanooga City Commission and the Hamilton County Commission. Linda is the State Historian for the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, she serves on a number of boards and commissions including the Tennessee Historical Commission, the Education Committee for the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, and the Chattanooga-Chickamauga National Military Park committee. Linda is most proud that she recently obtained her artillery certification from the National Park Service and can now fire the big guns.
The CRC staff and faculty fellows are especially grateful to faculty fellow Pam Fields who has worked hard in support of the center goals. Unfortunately, Pam faced health challenges that prevented her completing a contribution to this publication. We also thank Valerie Rutledge, Dean of the UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies, who has been an enthusiastic supporter of the CRC since its inception.
Last, but not least, special thanks also go to five nationally and internationally-known scholar/teachers: Art Carden, Associate Professor of Economics, Samford University; Richard Gamble, Professor of History, Hillsdale College; Ronald Granieri, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the West, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Wilfred McClay, The GT and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma; and Peter Myers Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. These scholars and CRC faculty fellows spent a weekend in November 2016 gaining a better understanding of critical issues in American history and government. Ideas discussed that weekend inspired faculty fellows to write some of the modules included in this publication.