Gerald Huesken Jr. is a Social Studies teacher, primarily teaching World History and Government & Economics, at Elizabethtown Area High School in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education, Mr Huesken has been teaching at Elizabethtown since 2008. His 11th Grade Government & Economics and 11th Grade Honors Government & Economics classes are a well-designed effort to get students not only to understand the workings of government and the US Constitution but also to think about these topics in their day-to-day lives and connect them with current issues and problems within their community. Outside of his aforementioned bachelor’s degree, Mr. Huesken also holds a Masters degree in History from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Education from Wilkes University. He serves as a researcher and historian of local Elizabethtown and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania history, teaches an elective course on state and local history of Pennsylvania and the Elizabethtown community, and is a published historian, having had research appear in publications like the Journal of Lancaster County History, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and The Magazine of Pennsylvania History and Biography.

A state-certified K-12 online educator by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mr Huesken also occasionally teaches on the faculty at Penn State University’s Harrisburg campus as an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Teacher Education. Currently, Mr. Huesken lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Emily, his children Olivia and Owen, and their many family dogs and cats.

Click here to download Mr. Huesken’s Honorable Mention Lesson Plan, The Preamble Video Challenge!

Click here to download The Preamble Video Challenge Student Handout

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