Thank you for bringing Rock the Vote's Democracy Class to your classroom! With your help, this past school year, thousands of students participated in Democracy Class. Students learned about the history behind their right to vote, the importance of casting a ballot and many of them registered to vote for the upcoming elections. We are still accepting sign-ups for Democracy Class toolkits; however, entries for our annual Democracy Class contest are now closed.
Congratulations to our 2012 contest winners!
Hometown: Gresham, OR
School: Reynolds High School
Tom Beaman is a 30-year social studies teaching veteran always in search of new ways to encourage student engagement in the community. He is known throughout the east Portland area for having students attend local government meetings each year. “The future of our country depends on having citizens who vote intelligently,” Tom stated recently, “and the Rock the Vote/Democracy class is a great tool in my arsenal.” Tom has also been a high school and college referee for 30 years. He has been married for 29 years and has two children in college.
Hometown: Clear Lake, SD
School: Deuel High School
Matt is entering his 8th year teaching social studies. He spent 3 years teaching 8th grade American History at Arthur Ashe Middle School in Ft Lauderdale, FL; 2 years teaching 11th grade American History at South Broward High School in Hollywood, FL; and this will be his 3rd year teaching 9-12th grade social studies at Deuel High School. In addition to teaching Matt is the head varsity football coach and assistant girls basketball coach. He has a BA in History from Southwest Minnesota State University and a Masters of Education from the University of Sioux Falls. Last year, Matt was chosen to represent South Dakota at the 2011 Presidential Academy for American History and Civics. He felt that Democracy Class was an excellent way to get his students excited about voting and informed of the issues.
Hometown: Gallup, NM
School: Gallup High School
Derrick graduated from Gallup High School this past June. In September, he will attend the University of New Mexico.
Hometown: Washington, DC
School: Capitcal City Public Charter High School
Luis is a student at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Luis found the Democracy Class he participated in to be interesting and enjoyed that the class was interactive and featured music. Most of all, he appreciated that the class emphasized the importance of voting as well as organizing and staying active around issues you support.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Lincoln Park High School
Porsha is a student at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL. She is a self-proclaimed natural born leader!
Hometown: Rockport, KY
School: Henry County High School
Tyler is a student at Henry County High School in New Castle, KY.