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Jennifer Vanston

SMA-CPT, Social Studies Instructor

BA, Secondary Education & History

MBA, International Studies

As an IB and History instructor, it is important that our students make connections and be able to develop and articulate a clear and coherent historical narrative:  to make connections between events, people and institutions, to understand the forces of cause-and-effect and change-over-time.  Equally important, our students will develop a sense of historical empathy: to make connections with their subjects, to understand that history is not just the study of what once happened, but also the study of how it happened and of how people understood, explained, and lived with what happened. 

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and as member of the Air National Guard and bring years of international teaching and experience to the classroom here at SMA.  Having recently moved back to the United States after living in Africa, I am excited to be a member of the SMA team.

Phone: 941. 926. 1700