Michael Skomba

Somerville Bd of Ed
United States


I began my career at Crownpoint High School on the Navajo Nation before returning to my alma mater Somerville High School in New Jersey. I teach World History and Big History with a Climate Project extension. I believe that there is no better place to strive for a more equitable world than in the history classroom. As my classroom's lead learner, I work to equip my students with the critical thinking skills and seasoned perspectives that will allow them to properly study the deep currents of history. I believe that such historical inquiry allows students to orient themselves in the present and better predict the patterns of the future. I was named the 2018 Somerset County Teacher of the Year, 2020 NHSSCA NJ Strength Coach of the Year, and was awarded the Neville-Pribram Fellowship in 2019. As a Neville-Pribram fellow under the leadership of head librarian Jennifer Cohlman-Bracchi at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Library, my work centered on the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the ‘Book of the Fair.' I designed a lesson where my students used primary sources to test the validity of the book's narrator and wrestled with ways to reconcile works written by authors with problematic biases.


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