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Audrey Southern

Humanities Teacher
Audrey Southern earned a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master's Degree in Adolescent Education in Social Studies at Ithaca College. She holds professional certification for Social Studies 7-12 in New York State. Ms. Southern taught 8th United States History as a Teach for America Corps Member for two years before returning home to Ithaca. She joined the faculty at New Roots Charter School in 2010. Ms. Southern has a background in community organizing and an ongoing commitment to preparing critical thinkers to address modern problems.
Classes Teaching 
United States History and Government
History provides various lenses through which we can examine our world and forge a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are going. The past is made up of infinite story lines and 'truths' that illuminate the paths of human experience. Our human history is linked to the changing relationship between human and natural systems. By approaching historical study with a focus on concepts, themes and trends across history, as opposed to the memorization of names and dates, the past can suddenly seem much more relevant and applicable to the issues we face on a local, national, and global scale. Students in my class can expect high academic standards and individualized support. 
Comments from previous students;
  • "I feel this class will help a lot of people do well and be more prepared for college” 
  • "I felt challenged, but not overwhelmed."
  • "This course is very interesting. I've never succeeded in history until this year."
  • "The organization of this class - notebooks, QOD's, reading quizzes - has been exemplary and has really helped my mind organize its own capacity."
  • "I loved this class! Although the paper was hard, it was necessary. Keep holding us to a high standard."
Participation in Government: Inventing the Future & Sustainable Econimcs:

This course introduces students to the main ideas and practices of economics and civics, as they relate to current political, economic, and ecological challenges. Students analyze local, national, and global economies, actions being taken to reorient these economies toward ecological sustainability, and develop entrepreneurial planning skills. Students study the basic concepts of political theory, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and developments toward sustainability in local, national, and transnational governance, students work in groups to plan and enact a capstone project which demonstrates their understanding of economics and/or government as it relates to current challenges faced by their community.