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History

Class Time(s):

Option A: Wednesday, 4:00 - 4:30 PM PT

Option B: Saturday, 12:00 - 12:30 PM PT

Grades: 1 to 8

Program Leader: Andy Fung

Program Description: This YAPA Kids history program allows students to explore the past and navigate the complexities and nuances of history. The course teaches past events from a global perspective, so there will always be something new to discover. Through fun games and reenactments, students will sharpen their historical thinking skills, which include analyzing primary source documents and drawing parallels to the present day. Instead of just teaching the facts, local high schoolers will tell engaging stories to kindle a love for history. All you need is a desire to learn, and with that, you’ll be on your way to becoming a great historian!

Program Teachers: Andy Fung, Olivia Song, Shenggang Liu, Andrew Morrissey, Mikey Murray, Kira O'Gorman, Saketh Ippagunta, Nicole Han, Emily Chen, Levina La, Megan Yim, Jocelyn Ramirez, Sinchan Mishra, Lance Wong

History

Teacher Bios

Andy Fung

Hi! My name is Andy Fung, and I'm going to be a high school senior for the 2021-22 school year. My interest in history began when my dad started talking to me about how my family came from China to America. Since then, I've taken the AP World History and AP US History exams and have done my own reading in my spare time. I hope that I'll be able to give the best history experience to my students- see you soon!

Olivia Song

Hey guys! My name is Olivia Song and I am rising junior at Moreau Catholic High School. I have always loved history since middle school in 8th grade, where I had an amazing history teacher teaching us! When I was in freshman year, we didn't get to have a history class but now I am in Honors World History, with an A! I love reading history and learning about it. Next year I will be taking APUSH. I hope that my level of skill in this subject will help you all understand history better than before! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability!!

Shenggang Liu

Hey guys, I'm Shenggang Liu, people call me Sheng(shane), I am a sophomore at Mission San Jose high, I've developed a love for history through my Junior High years, and world war 2 especially, so if you guys have any question about that you can ask me, I'll be doubling up on AP histories next year, and in the meantime I look forward to getting to know you guys.

Andrew Morrissey

Hello everyone, my name is Andrew Morrissey. I am a rising junior at Aptos High School. I have taken AP European History and received the second highest grade in the class. I will also be taking AP US History in the coming school year. I have been a fanatic of history since a very young age and have read books and taken as many classes to learn about all types of history from a variety of time periods. I am very fluent in American and European history along with its impacts on the greater world, but I am still knowledgeable and well rounded in most of the worlds history. I can't wait to get on board with helping students learn the wonders of world history!

Mikey Murray

Hi! My name is Mikey and I am a rising a Junior at Aptos High School. In my Sophomore year, I took AP European History and I will be taking AP US History as a Junior. History has always been a big interest of mine for the stories that it tells. To me, history is like one big story with many intricacies and intrigues. It is the story of how we got to where we are today. It is the story of how people think and how they act. It tells the tale of society. I look forward to teaching in class!

Kira O'Gorman

Hello! I'm Kira O'Gorman, and I'm a rising senior at Canyon Crest Academy. From a young age I have been captivated by history, especially ancient civilizations! I've taken AP World History, AP US History, and AP European History. I think it's particularly important to analyze history from different angles in order to find an unbiased version of the story, but paying attention to prejudices from several sides also provides valuable insight to how the story/event evolved. I had some amazing history teachers and I'm excited to pass on what I've experienced to you!

Saketh Ippagunta

Hello! My name is Saketh Ippagunta and I am a rising sophomore at South Brunswick High School in NJ. I have a great interest in history since 5th grade and I have always been fascinated by how one event can change the course of history. I love reading about history in my free time and seeking out books and informational videos to further my knowledge. I would like to inform others about why our past is important and and how it helped shape our modern world.

Nicole Han

Hi! My name is Nicole Han and I'm a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I have always been passionate about history and how different events in the past have shaped society to what it is today. I look forward to working with all of you!

Emily Chen

Hi! My name is Emily Chen and I am going to be a junior in this upcoming school year. I have always had an interest in history throughout my life and hope that I can pass that interest on to younger children as well. History is a part of our lives everyday and it is important we learn from it.

Levina La

Hello! My name is Levina La, and I am a rising junior at Castro Valley High School. Through my many years of attending school, I have obtained much information beneficial to the learning of students aspiring to gain knowledge on the topic of history. I will try my best and strive to make this learning experience as entertaining and enjoyable as possible! I look forward to what the future has to bring.

Megan Yim

Hi! My name is Megan Yim and I'm a rising senior at Ridgewood High School in NJ. I have take AP American Studies, and will be taking AP Government in my senior year.

Jocelyn Ramirez

Hello! My name is Jocelyn Ramirez and I am a junior at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, AZ. Super happy to be teaching kids all over the world.

Lance Wong

Hi, My name is Lance Wong, and I am a Senior at Saratoga High School! I have a certain fondness for history, and find it an extremely intriguing subject. In the past few years, I have taken my interests into World Geography, Wordl History, and APUSH. I hope to be able to offer history in such a way that the students will end up appreciating the topic just as much as I do, if not more!