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Kara Belew's Profile

Name:

Kara Belew

Social Studies

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Contact Info:

Email:

belewk@usd385.org

Work Phone:

316-218-4700 32913

Class Room Number:

913

About Me

Educational History:

Campus High School, Haysville – 1989

Degrees and Certifications:

Kansas State University – 1994

     Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education

          U.S. History, Comprehensive Social Studies, and General Science

Emporia State University – 2011

     Masters of Arts in Teaching

          U.S. History with an emphasis in the U.S. Constitution

Kansas State University –  Current

     Doctoral student in Educational Leadership

Professional Development:

James Madison Memorial Fellow, Class of 2005

Bill of Rights Institute, Summer Fellow, Summer 2017

AP Summer Institute, Government, and Politics, Summer 2017

AVID Training and Elective Teacher

Assorted Gilder Lehrman Seminars

Foundation for Teaching Economics

     Economics of Environmental Problems

     Economic Forces in American History

     Economics for Leaders

Kansas Leadership Center

     You.Lead.Now

     Lead for Change

     Teaching Leadership Intensive

     Youth and poverty initiatives

     Activate Conference Summer 2018

     Leadership Coaching Intensive

National Portrait Gallery Learning to Look Summer Institute

SummerJam for Butler Faculty

Current Position:

This is my fourth year teaching at Andover Central High School and my 24th year teaching overall. My experience has been varied from USD #440 Halstead-Bentley to USD #261 Haysville and USD #259 Wichita prior to USD #385 Andover. Courses I teach are U.S. History, U.S. Government, AP Government and Politics and PO141 American Federal Government (dual credit government through Butler Community College).

Previous Position:

USD 440 Halstead-Bentley, Halstead High School – 1994-1998

     U.S. Government, World History

USD 261 Haysville, Campus High School – 1998-2008

     U.S. History, Economics, World History, World Geography and We The People

Youth Entrepreneurs – 2008-2010

USD 259 Wichita, Curtis Middle School – 2010-2012

     Instructional Coach

USD 259, Wichita, Marshall Middle School – 2012-1016

     Family Engagement, 8th Grade Social Studies, and AVID Elective Teacher

USD 385 Andover, Central High School – 2016 – present

     U.S. History, U.S. Government, AP Government and Politics, and PO141 American Federal Government (dual credit government through Butler Community College)

Family Information:

Currently, I have a dog named Toto who is a Silky Terrier and entertains me and keeps me safe!

I grew up south of Eisenhower National Airport in southwest Wichita and my parents still live in that house. I went to Haysville schools.

My one brother and his wife have two sons, both in high school. One is a senior and the other is a sophomore and they all live in North Texas. I very much enjoy watching them grow into amazing young men and on the football and baseball fields and the basketball court. 

In the Spring semester of 2018, I invited a young lady from Italy into my home and life as a foreign exchange student. I am now an “American Mom” and communicate regularly with her. It was a very rewarding opportunity and I am grateful for the experience.

My students are my “kids” and I invest much of who I am into them to help them become who I see they can be tomorrow, not just who they might be right now.

Personal Information:

When I am not teaching, I am either studying for my doctorate, volunteering in the community with the Junior League of Wichita, P.E.O., Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership or supporting K-State! I love college football and have season tickets to cheer for the Cats!

I love to read historical fiction and content-related books which makes me a self-avowed Social Studies nerd who loves what I get to do everyday!!!

Family time is important to me although time is limited with my doctoral program. When I am not teaching, preparing or grading for school, I am researching and writing my dissertation. In the gaps, I like to work in my flower gardens, cook, learn Italian, hang out with friends and family and read for pleasure. My dog Toto makes sure I get some exercise as well.

Kara Belew

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Contact Kara Belew

Classroom Number:
913
School Phone:
316-218-4700 32913