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History & Social Sciences

Graduation Requirement: Three years of Upper School study, during which time Global History and Geography, U.S. History and either one yearlong History & Social Sciences elective or two semester-long History & Social Sciences electives must be completed.

Kent Denver's History and Social Sciences program is designed to prepare students for the complexities of the modern world.

By using historical methods to form and advance arguments and analyze multiple points of view, students gain a broader understanding of historical cause and effect patterns, global cultures, and of the United States, its history and its role in the modern world.

A progressive interdisciplinary approach increases students' ability to think analytically, explore history through research, work with primary and secondary sources, and express themselves effectively, both verbally and in writing.



Meet Our History & Social Sciences Faculty

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Wes Ballantyne

Wes Ballantyne

Titles: Dean of Students Class of 2019
Biography:

B.A. - History
M.A. - Social Studies Education

“My role makes a difference in students’ lives because it supports them so they can grow personally and academically.”

Mr. Ballantyne says he chooses to work at Kent Denver because of the professional opportunity and chance to live near the Rocky Mountains. Prior to joining Kent Denver he taught first at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT then at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lee Barrow

Lee Barrow

Class of 2003
Titles: History Teacher
Biography:

B.A. - History
M.A. - International Studies and Comparative Politics
Kelley Award for History, Davidson College

“I can help students re-think how they think.”

Prior to joining Kent Denver, Mr. Barrow taught AP European History in Houston for four years before returning to Denver to study democratization and electoral systems. Highly motivated students, highly engaged faculty and extraordinarily supportive administration are three of the reasons he likes teaching at Kent Denver. “Overall, I enjoy teaching because I get to participate in students’ analytical development,” he says “I want to be remembered as a teacher who created engaging, entertaining and effective classrooms.”

Mike Bausch

Mike Bausch

Titles: History Teacher and Debate Director
Biography:

M.A. - Communications
B.A., - English and Secondary Education
Grier Family Distinguished Debate Chair

“I want students to feel like they had a teacher who cared about their lives, pushed them to try their best, and helped them to be better people.”

Prior to becoming Kent Denver’s Director of Debate, Mr. Bausch served as Director of Forensics at Bingham High School in Salt Lake City and coached Policy Debate at the University of Wyoming. Mr. Bausch appreciates that Kent Denver's administration and faculty are open to new ideas and perspectives in pursuit of the best educational practices. “I feel like I have the support to try new things to improve educational opportunities for the students that I teach,” he says.

Henry Clark

Henry Clark

Class of 2008
Titles: History Teacher, English Teacher
Biography:

B.A. - History

“Thinking critically about the past helps us think critically about the present. I love working with happy students, engaged families and passionate faculty!”

A Kent Denver graduate, Mr. Clark worked as a fishing guide in Wyoming prior to returning to his alma mater.

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