Today, we are taking some time to introduce the Social Studies staff at Breathitt High School! They will take you, and our students, on many different journeys around the world and through time.
First, let’s meet Mr. David Abner. Mr. Abner teaches our World History class. Mr. Abner is a native of Breathitt County and a graduate of Breathitt High School. He has been married to his wife, Jessica, for five years. He loves to teach and is passionate about students reaching their potential. He also coaches our boys basketball team. When asked why he teaches he stated, “To help youth because they are so open minded to learn and change.” His favorite time in history is the Cold War, and his favorite historical figure is Thomas Jefferson. His favorite historical quote is from George Patton: “If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.”
Next, we would like to introduce, Mrs. Jennifer Bowling. Mrs. Bowling is the daughter of Similene and Larry Mullins. She grew up in Letcher County and attended Whitesburg School. Her passions in life are God and her family. She is married to Stephen Bowling and has 3 wonderful children: Breck, Katie, and Joseph. Mrs. Bowling teaches so students know that with hard work they can have a good life and help those around them. She is the sponsor of our student senate. She teaches United States History classes. The 1950s is the time in history that fascinates Mrs. Bowling. She loved the advancements in music and the Civil Rights Movement. She admires Alice Paul who fought for women’s voice in government. She likes the quote by Confucius: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Our next social studies teacher is Mr. Brandon Hayes. Mr. Hayes was born in Jackson and is also a graduate of Breathitt High School. Brandon is married to another Breathitt native, Amy (Swartzentruber) and has one son (Judah). His passion in life is to be a servant for God. He teaches because he wants to build relationships with students and impart knowledge to them. Mr. Hayes teaches our Integrated Social Studies classes which focuses on government, economics, and geography. He also teaches our new Advanced Placement Psychology course. He admires Theodore Roosevelt as a great leader in history. His favorite time in history is the late Middle Ages. One of his favorite quotes is, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.“
Miss JoDean Howard is another member of our social studies department. Miss Howard is the daughter of Faye and Robert Howard and is also a native of Jackson. She believes God and family are the most important things in life. Miss Howard’s passion in life is travel. She has a goal of visiting every state. She also wants to go abroad to visit Scotland and Ireland. When asked why she teaches, she replied, “To show students there's more to the world than they know and reinforce that they can accomplish anything they are determined to do. Miss Howard teaches our seventh grade history classes. Her favorite time in history is the Renaissance. It was a great time of cultural, artistic, political, and economic rebirth. Jesus Christ is her favorite person in history. Mrs. Howard’s favorite quote is from Harry Truman: “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
Our final member of the social studies department is Mr. John Baker. Mr. Baker is yet another native of Breathitt County and graduate of Breathitt High. Mr. Baker is married with five children, ranging in age from 28 to 8. His wife, Amy, is the occupational therapist for the Breathitt School district. Mr. Baker finds many things fascinating and engaging. He loves reading and enjoys outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, hunting, farming, and carpentry, but his passion is his family. When asked why he teaches, Mr. Baker responded, “ I teach because I believe that it is critically important. A republican form of government will work and continues to exist only while the people participate actively and intelligently. To ensure our future, as a people, the next generation needs to understand the past and be able to think for themselves in making decisions that shape the future.” His favorite time period is the Revolutionary period. He finds it fascinating that we created a new country. Mr. Baker’s favorite quote is by Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe: “Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people.” Mr. Baker is also fond of Jefferson's thoughts on spelling: "You should never trust a man who has only one way to spell a word."