Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. History, Francis Marion University M.Ed.Education, Lesley University MA in Political Science, American Public University Gifted and Talented Endorsement AP Government and Politics Endorsement AP Comparative Government Endorsement AP U.S. History Endorsement AP Economics Endorsement
Ms. Elizabeth Collins
I have been teaching Social Studies for 29 years. I have a B.A. in History from Francis Marion University, a Masters in Education from Lesley University, and a Masters in Political Science from American Public University. I currently teach AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, and Political Science 101. I am looking forward to dusting off my history skills and teaching AP U.S. History this year and as always, being a co-learner with my students. I am also the advisor for Student Government at South Florence High School. I have been a past recipient of a variety of grants and awards, including the School Foundation's Bridge the Gap 2009 and Time Warner Cable Teacher of the Year, 2006.
As an AP Reader for the College Board U.S. Government and Politics Exam and the AP Department Lead, I believe in the collaborative learning process promoted by the AP College Board. Our goal in the AP department is to help students learn lifelong skills that will benefit them in college. For example, while I do not expect every student to go into politics or law, I believe in the power of an informed citizenry to positively impact governmental processes. College Board classes offer students the opportunity to learn evaluative, metacognitive analysis and writing skills that will serve them well throughout their life. The value of civil discourse through Socratic Seminars and Argumentative Essay writing continues to be a central theme in my classroom in each of my AP classes. I highly regard the importance of striving for accuracy, applying past knowledge to new situations, and remaining open to continuous learning for my students and myself.
I joined the Francis Marion University faculty as an Adjunct Professor in 2019. I teach Introductory Political Science 101 for FMU at South Florence High School. I celebrate the opportunity to offer collegiate learning in the high school setting.