Social Studies

The Social Studies department at New Town High School is committed to creating scientifically literate citizens by providing the fundamental principles that will lay a foundation upon which to build lifelong learning. It is our goal to inspire students to give serious consideration to careers in the social sciences based on their experiences in our classrooms.

American Government

This course focuses on the three branches of the U.S. Government as well as public policy and the influence of the media. American Government is a full year course that satisfies 1 of the 3.5 social studies credits students must have to graduate. In addition, students must pass the Government HSA prior to graduation from New Town High School.

World History

This course focuses on cultures around the world from 1,000 A.D. to the modern era. Students will examine world religions, customs, traditions, and cultures. This course satisfies 1 of the 3.5 social studies credits needed to graduate.

U.S. History

This course picks up where students left off in eighth grade, at the end of the Civil War. Students examine American culture, policy, events, and people that shaped the United States for the last 150 years. This course satisfies 1 of the 3.5 social studies credits needed to graduate.


This course is an introduction to economics, both micro and macro. Students learn key information about the economy as a whole as well as one’s individual economy. Students complete a range of projects and activities that prepare them to handle their own finances as a young adult. This course satisfies.5 of the 3.5 social studies credits needed to graduate.

History of the Americas IB (1 credit

Theory of Knowledge IB (1 credit

(.5 credit)

IB Psychology (1 credit)

Film and History (.5 credit)

History through Sports (.5 credit)

African American History (.5 credit)

IB Global Politics (1 credit)

Advanced Placement social studies courses are scheduled whenever they are justified by enrollment. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are eligible for GT credit. Each Advanced Placement course includes a study of major social science concepts, principles, and unifying themes, and includes the development of research skills.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Delegates must act in the interest of their countries and work with other delegates to solve world problems.  This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate. If you have questions about Model UN, please contact Ms. Lauren Bernstein ([email protected]).

Questions? Contact Mr. Jeff O'Connor, Social Studies Department Chair ([email protected])

 Tim Bangerd
Tim Bangerd, Technology Liaison: Economics
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I am a Carroll County native, being born in Westminster and still residing there with my wife and our Black Lab, German Sheppard mix, Coal. I attended McDaniel College, studying History and minoring in Secondary Education. During this experience, I was fortunate enough to study under some of the most amazing professors and lecturers at the forefront of historical investigation and education research. Following my graduation from McDaniel in 2014, I enrolled at Towson University in 2017 and continued my educational field research and inquiry by pursuing a Master of Education degree in Human Resources and Educational Leadership. Presently, I am enrolled at Liberty University, pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership. I am in my final courses of dissertation writing and plan to graduate in January 2022. I am writing on the process of technology integration at New Town High School.

I have been teaching for BCPS since 2014 and have taught several courses in the Social Studies Department, including Government, United States History, World History, Films and History, African American History, Sports and History, and Personal Economics. I enjoy my career choice and work with each student to achieve their absolute potential in the classroom. My educational goals are to create a rigorous learning environment in content, welcoming in spirit, and supportive to each student as we learn together.

Besides my collegial engagements and teaching, I play the piano and organ for a church close to my home, enjoy spending time with my wife and our dog, volunteer as a state-certified firefighter and EMT, and working on my antique vehicles and tractors. Presently, I own one antique car (1949 Packard), one antique farm tractor (1941 Farmall H), and two antique fire engines (1939 Hale and 1955 American LaFrance).

I look forward to working with each of you as you progress through your educational journey at New Town High School!

 Lauren Bernstein
Lauren Bernstein, Writing Center Coordinator: American Government, IB Global Politics

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Hello! My name is Lauren Bernstein and I am a teacher in the Social Studies department. I got hired at New Town the summer after I graduated college and have now been at New Town for 5 years. Along with being a teacher, I am also the Model UN advisor and the New Town Magnet Writing Center Coordinator. In my spare time, I love to read, cook, and play with my 3-month-old puppy, Kato! While these are my hobbies, teaching is my true passion. I love what I do and look forward to helping my students learn each and every day!
 Todd Dunn Todd Dunn
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 Anjum Khan
Hajira Khan: World History, US History

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Born in India but raised in Columbia, Maryland, I am a proud product of the Maryland public school system. I attended the University of Maryland (go TERPS!) for my undergraduate degree and UMBC for my graduate school degree. I knew I wanted to be a teacher as early as elementary school so I could get the summers off! My parents worked and summers were no fun for a latchkey kid. Reading, especially my favorite genre historical fiction, became my outlet into the world.

My history teachers at Oakland Mills High inspired me to become a history teacher. I had never had teachers teach with such passion and committed to us learning history that was “ugly, painful, and truthful.” They did not want to dumb it down for us. Instead we learned how all civilizations, nations, people are complex and learning from their mistakes is an important way to better ourselves. From the 11th grade onwards, I knew I would teach history.

I have taught for 9 years in private schools with a very diverse population, learning much about the world through my students. I am starting my 4th year at NTH (go Titans!) and BCPS. I am also an avid traveler having gone to 10 countries,17 states and counting!

 Kelsey Ermine
Kelsey Ermine: IB Psychology, American Government, World History

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Hello! I'm a Pittsburgh native, but I've lived in Baltimore County for the past three years. I began teaching at New Town in 2017, and I am so excited to begin my fourth year as an educator!

I studied secondary social studies education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I plan to further my education and get my Masters Degree in the near future.

Along with teaching social studies, I am one of the class advisors for the seniors (2021). I also advise New Town's environmental club (Green School)

I look forward to building relationships with my students and sharing my love for learning with everyone. I am so grateful to be a Titan!

 Mary Grant Mary Grant
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 Abigail Horah Abigail Horah
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 Molly Muller
Molly Muller, Freshmen Team Coordinator: American Government

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Hello Titans! My name is Molly Muller and I have been teaching at New Town High School for 6 years. Prior to New Town I studies Secondary Education at Towson University and earn my BA in History from Elon University in North Carolina. In addition to teaching American Government I am our Freshmen Team Lead, Atlas house leader, and the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach. I feel so lucky to be part of the New Town Community! GO TITANS!

 Jeff O'Connor
Jeff O'Connor, Department Chair

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Hello, My name is Jeff O'Connor, and I am the Social Studies Department Chair at New Town HS. I have been teaching at New Town since we opened the building in 2003. I was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the Baltimore area after my freshman year in college. To those of you whose heart started to race just a little faster when they saw I was raised in Pittsburgh, no worries... I bleed Purple and Black!! I am a proud graduate of the University of Maryland... Fear the Turtle!! and received my masters from Towson University. In addition to teaching social studies, I am the Graduation Coordinator here at New Town. Titan Up!!
 Nick Ricks Nick Ricks
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 Joe Willard Joe Willard: IB Personal & Professional Skills, World History
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I am originally from Baltimore City. Now, I am from many different places. After high school, I set out to find my path by serving my country and seeing the world. I joined the United States Marine Corps. I turned 18 in basic training boot camp. After four years of military service, I had some direction and decided that I needed a college education. At the University of Maryland Baltimore County, I embraced my studies. This is when I was drawn to the study of history. After earning my Bachelors, I had to find a way to make a living with my history degree. One thing led to another. I started teaching social studies in Baltimore County Public Schools in the Fall of 1998. What a career! I have enjoyed continuing my studies and sharing in the learning with my students. I appreciate all the opportunities the New Town High School staff, students, and community have given me. I will continue to search for ways to give back.
 Rhoda Winfield Rhoda Winfield
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