About Me

Mr. Szakal
 Sean Szakal
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Welcome to My Social Studies Classroom

I taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in China Grove from 1997-2000.  From 2000 to 2005 I worked in the Insurance business as an agent with State Farm Insurance and Farm Bureau Insurance.  In 2005, I accepted a position teaching 8th grade Social Studies at Kannapolis Middle School.  I also coach the Kannapolis Middle School and the A.L. Brown High School soccer teams.  I am married and have one daughter.

College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
After graduating from A.L. Brown High School in 1990, I attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and played soccer on scholarship until 1992.  In 1992, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Trenton.  In 1995, I was honorably discharged from the Navy and enrolled at UNC-Charlotte.  In 1997, I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor's Degree in History. 

Educational Philosophy/Vision:
Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Things parents/guardians can do to help:

3 Tips for helping your child achieve in my class, and in school in general...

1. Check my website often to see what you child was supposed to learn in my class.  Each day I update my website with the day's lesson plan.  It will tell you exactly what we learned in my class that day.  This information is located under the "Daily Lessons and Assignments Archive" tab on the left side of my home page.
2.  Your child should re-write his/her notes each day after class.  Rewriting notes not only makes them neater but helps to reinforce what was learned each day.
3.  Your child should make a 1 page study guide when studying for their test or quiz in my class.  This is a great study skill to begin as an 8th grade student.
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