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])

Kelsea Collins
Kelsea Collins, American Government, US History

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Hello Titans! My name is Kelsea Collins and I have grown up in Maryland my entire life. I received my BA from Towson University in History Secondary Education, and recently earned my Masters from Loyola University in Educational Technology. I previously was a teacher at Windsor Mill Middle School for the first seven years of my career. I love social studies, and enjoy engaging with students about the world around them. At Newtown High School, I will be teaching American Government and US History. I am excited to be a part of the Newtown High School community!
 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, Department Chair: IB Psychology, American Government

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Hello, Titans! My name is Ms. Ermine, and I am the Social Studies Department Chair. I'm a Pittsburgh native, but I've lived in Baltimore County teaching at NTHS for the past six years. I'm currently teaching IB Psychology 1 & 2 as well as American Government. Along with teaching social studies, I am one of the class advisors for the class of 2025. I also advise New Town's Go Green! Environmental Club. I look forward to building relationships with my students and sharing my love for learning with everyone!

 Abigail Horah
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 Molly Muller
Molly Muller, MYP & 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!

 Nick Ricks Nick Ricks
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 Elizabeth Ward  
Elizabeth Ward: AVID 10, AVID 11, American Government
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Hello everyone. My name is Elizabeth Ward. I will be teaching American Government and AVID 10th -11th Grades. I grew up near Ocean City, Maryland and have lived in Baltimore County the last 4 years. After graduating from Towson University with a B.S. in History I started on my career path into education with plans of earning my Master degree in the near future. This is my first year at New Town High School. Last year I taught in the Virtual Learning Program for Baltimore County teaching English, Science, and AVID. I am looking forward to working with everyone to help students reach their goals. Some things I like to do are going to the movies, reading books, baking new concoctions, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
 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.