Social Studies Education

Advisory Board

Program Advisory Board

This team provides advice and insight to the Social Studies Education faculty and staff.

JoEllen Ambrose

Social Studies Teacher, Champlin Park High School
BS Social Studies Education, University of Minnesota JD, William Mitchell College of Law

Department Chair (20 years); Learning Law and Democracy; Winner of the 2013 ABA’s Isadore Starr Excellence in Law-Related Education Award

Rochelle Arellano

Social Studies Teacher, Sartell Middle School
BA, International Relations, Social Studies Education, St. Cloud State University

National Council for the Social Studies; Minnesota Council for the Social Studies Board

Jessica Ellison

Communications Specialist in Education Outreach, Minnesota Historical Society
BA, Journalism, Drake University MA, Public History, St. Cloud State University

Minnesota Council for History Education (vice president/board of directors); Minnesota Council for the Social Studies; Center for Social Studies Education

Matt Moore

Social Studies Teacher - Mankato West High School
BS Social Studies Education-North Dakota State University MS Curriculum and Instruction-University of MN

MN Council for History Education (president); AP US History Reader

Susan E. Smith

Social Studies Teacher, Maple Grove Senior High
BA, Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota MA, Social Studies Education, University of MN

National Council for the Social Studies; The Human Rights Education Community; World History Association; Midwest World History Association (founding member and executive council)

Laura Tessmer

Social Studies Teacher, Cloverridge Elementary (Eastern County School District)
BS Elementary Education, North Dakota State University MA Education and Learning, St. Mary’s University

Minnesota Council for History Education (secretary/board of directors); National Council for History Education; 2013 Gilder Lehrman Elementary History Teacher of the Year; Minnesota Council for the Social Studies.

Kerri Westgard

Social Studies Teacher,Dilworth Glyndon Felton Middle School
BA, Social Studies Education, Concordia College MS, Curriculum and Instruction, Mankato State University Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota

Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (board of directors); National Council for Geographic Education; Minnesota State Geography Bee Coordinator; Minnesota Council for the Social Studies