Social Studies

I would like to welcome you to another school year. My name is Jenny Monroe and I am the 7th-8th grade Social Studies teacher this year. This will be my tenth year teaching, and all but a semester in Minneapolis Public Schools. Prior to joining the Keewaydin team I taught four years at Edison High School and a semester at Anwatin Middle School. I was also fortunate enough to have spent a semester teaching 7th grade English at Pendla Primary School in Port Elizabeth South Africa. I attended college at the College of Saint Benedict, where I graduated with a degree in Social Science and Education. in 2015 I received my masters in Literacy from St. Mary's University. As an educator I am passionate about encouraging students to question and become the masters of their own learning. Education is a lifelong process, I see myself as a facilitator in acquiring the skills to participate in the process.


Outside of school I enjoy reading, traveling, athletics, and spending time with my wife Amanda, son Kenny and my Toy Australian Shepard, Ty. I am an avid softball player (both slowpitch and fastpitch), and, for better or worse, a Twins fan. 


This year 7th grade will be focusing on United States History with emphasis on civic skills, rights and responsibilities, governmental institutions and political processes, economics, and geography. 8th grade will be focusing on Global Studies with an emphasis on geographical skills and cultural exploration. Both classes will focus heavily on historical thinking skills (questioning, analysis, drawing conclusions) as well as on research skills, culminating in the National History Day competition (occurring between February and May).  


The best way to contact me is through email, which I check multiple times per day, but I can be reached by phone at Keewaydin as well. I also welcome families to visit my classroom at any time.


I look forward to working with you this year!


Jenny Monroe

7/8 Humanities Teacher


PDF State History Day Handout #1   --  General Information about the State Event on Saturday, May 4th, 2013.