Learning with Documents


We believe that it is important that teachers work together to promote creativity and innovation in classrooms across the state and nation. Specifically, we believe that the social studies classroom is an ideal setting for teaching literacy skills. Additionally, we strongly encourage the use of primary sources in the classroom to engage students with the ambiguity of historical process. We think that it is important that the information presented be made available for later access. This wiki serves as a place where presentation materials can be shared. Since we want to know how the material is being utilized, this wiki offers a discussion board for educators to share ideas.

Lacey L. Craven

Southwest Middle School, Savannah, Georgia


I am an ELA teacher at Southwest Middle School in Savannah, Georgia. Currently in my 4th year teaching, I taught social studies at Newberry Middle School in Newberry, South Carolina before joing the staff at Southwest Middle School.

In 2007, I graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina with a BA in History and a minor in Political Science. In 2009 I earned an MAT in Secondardy Education Social Studies from the University of South Carolina. I also gained an add-on certification to teach Middle Level Social Studies. Since then I have completed post-graduate work at Converse College and the University of South Carolina on differentiated instruction, technology in the classroom, literacy in the Social Studies classroom, and the modern Civil Rights Movement.

In 2007, I was honored with the Burnside-Needham-Cooker Award by Presbyterian College’s History Department faculty for my senior seminar paper titled “Make War, Not Love.” I have also been selected by my peers as Teacher of the Month for Newberry Middle School. I am a member of the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association, and Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society.

Jeffrey C. Eargle

Mid-Carolina High School, Prosperity, South Carolina


I am a social studies teacher at Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, South Carolina. Currently in my 10th year teaching, I teach U.S. History, Honors U.S. History, Advanced Placement U.S. History, and a course on the Holocaust. I am also an adjunct professor at Newberry College where I teach “HIS 121: United States History to 1865.” Before coming to Mid-Carolina High School, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland where taught Conversational English at the Suwalki High School for Economic Studies and taught U.S. History, Writing, and American Studies at the Suwalki Teacher Training College of Foreign Languages.

‍I earned both a BA in History and an MAT in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of South Carolina. I have completed post-graduate work at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Converse College, and Columbia College. I also participated in a Holocaust Education fellowship through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at Columbia University in New York. In 2009 I earned National Board Certification in Social Studies-History/Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

In 2010 I was named by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as the South Carolina “Preserve America” History Teacher of the Year award for my work in advancing the study of American history and advocating innovative use of primary sources in the classroom. Additionally, I was selected by my peers as the 2012-2011 Mid-Carolina High School Teacher of the Year, advancing to serve our district as the 2010-2011 Newberry County District Teacher of the Year. Recently, I was named to the 2012 South Carolina Honor Roll as a South Carolina Teacher of the Year Finalist. I am a member of the South Carolina Council of the Social Studies, The National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for History Education, the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association, ASCD: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Palmetto State Teachers Association.

Alexandra B. Koch

Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, South Carolina


‍I am a social studies teacher at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina. Currently in my 4th year teaching, I teach Current Issues, Advanced Economics, and Advanced Placement Human Geography. I have also taught World Geography and Global Studies I. Before joing the Dutch Fork High School faculty, I taught at Mid-Carolina High School. Since 2002, I have taught dance classes to children ages 9 to 18, an activity that shows my contribution to the surrounding community.

I earned both a BS in Finance & Insurance Risk Management from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, graduating Magna Cum Laude. As an undergraduate, I took part in a study abroad program at the American InterContinental University in London. I also hold an MAT in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of South Carolina. I have completed post-graduate work at the University of South Carolina and Florida Atlantic University.

In 2009 I was the recipient of the University of South Carolina’s Educational Achievement Award for Secondary Social Studies. I was selected by my peers the 2012-2013 Mid-Carolina High School Teacher of the Year. I am a member of the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for History Education, the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association, the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, and Palmetto State Teachers Association.