Mike Skomba teaches US History and Big History at Somerville High School in the Garden State, also known as New Jersey. Although as he was a traditional route teacher, he entered Teach for America in 2010. His first teaching job was on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. As anyone who has been immersed a new culture can relate to, his experience in NM was invaluable to his development as an educator. After working in a small town with strong community bonds, he was inspired to return home and contribute to the community that helped him in his formative years. Mike began teaching at his alma matter in 2011 and is just short of fanatical when it comes to all things ‘Ville.’
Mike approaches history education from a perspective of a youth who was ‘not good at school.’ His passion for teaching history comes from his social studies teachers who went the proverbial extra mile to help him invest in his own education. Although he can’t say it with a straight face or without making a joke, Mike is the 2018 Somerset County Teacher of the Year in NJ. He is honored to hold the title and enjoys sharing it with his high school teachers that he now gets to call by their first names.
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with Lynda Coates
Lynda Coates shares concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with students and families who live in poverty.
with Michael Lindblad
Michael Lindblad and Martha Almendarez Langland share strategies that engage and empower students' cultural backgrounds within their classroom learning.
with Monica Washington
Monica Washington shares how she helps students improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.