Sponsors & Contributors

Adam Arthur
Abraham Lincoln High School

Adam Arthur has taught social studies in the Des Moines Public School District for 5 years and currently teaches Advanced Placement Government and Politics at Abraham Lincoln High School. Adam also works as an instructional coach on the AP Government and Politics Knowledge in Action project which is a project of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in all social science from the University of Norther Iowa with an endorsement in Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics. In his free time Adam enjoys being outdoors, playing disc golf, and spending time with his fiancé and pit bull “Aero”.

Canada Snyder
Central Academy

Canada Snyder has taught social studies for 16 years and currently teaches AP and IB classes at Des Moines' Central Academy. She has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Iowa and master of science in education from Drake University with an emphasis in curriculum writing. Canada enjoys reading history books-especially anything on Lincoln-scrapbooking, listening to music and spending time with her husband and two children. Canada has won the Belin Blank Award for Excellence in Teaching and has participated in teacher study tours in China and Germany.

Joseph Nydle
Hoover High School

Joseph Nydle teaches AP Government and AP Human Geography at Hoover High School in Des Moines. Prior to teaching, Mr. Nydle worked various roles in electoral politics, advocacy, and public policy. His passion for informed civic action and love for working with youth inspired him to transition to the classroom. It is his goal to consistently create engaging and challenging lessons with a relevant context. Mr. Nydle lives in Des Moines with his wife and their dogs.

Jack Vanderflught
Dallas Center-Grimes

Jack Vanderflught began his teaching career in 1992 and has been teaching AP US History, AP World History and American Government at Dallas Center-Grimes High School since 2009. Jack also works as the social studies professional learning community (PLC) leader at the high school. Jack received his B.A. from Graceland University majoring in history with a minor in political science. Since then, Jack has become certified with an all social studies endorsement. In addition, he received a Masters of Teaching from Morningside College and was in the first class of teachers receiving certification in the social studies from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Besides teaching, Jack also currently serves social studies educators as the Advocacy Director for the Iowa Council for the Social Studies. Jack lives in Osceola and enjoys spending time with his spouse and daughter, watching Royals baseball, working as a political activist, performing music and working with his church.

Curriculum Reviewers

Kari Miller — East Mills Community High School

Kurt Flood — Dowling Catholic High School

Travis Sprague — Harris-Lake Park Community School District

Carol Price — Heartland Area Education Agency 11

Dominic Iannone — West High School

Jennifer Cole — Shenandoah High School

Kathy Turnball — Indianola High School

Alex Wimmer — Remsen Union School District

Christine Schaefer — Woodward Granger High School

Sam Hellberg — Wapello Junior High School

Mark Zeka — Le Mars Community High School

Chris Arians — Clarksville Middle School

J. Keith Fry — Substitute Teacher

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Brian Sauerbrei — Iowa Falls - Alden High School
Valorie Philips — Akron-Westfield
Jeff Niehaus — East Sac County
Jonathan Potter — North Iowa
Ben Docker — Central Lyon High School
Jacob Jensen — Hampton Dumont Middle School
Austin Thies — Saint Albert Catholic School
Ann Jackson — B.R. Miller Middle School, Marshalltown CSD
Linsay Hall — Valley Lutheran School
Chris Arians — Clarksville Community Schools
Travis Sprague — Harris-Lake Park