Social Studies


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Nathan Ramin
Nathan Ramin is excited to begin his fifth year at North Lawndale College Prep. After completing his B.A. at Loyola University in 2003, Mr. Ramin went on to earn a Master’s of Education from DePaul University in 2008. Prior joining the Phoenix Family in 2012, he taught social studies for four years at Providence St. Mel. Mr. Ramin has worked with Mikva Challenge to facilitate the Student Election Judge Program and coordinates NLCP’s Community Connections partnership with Francis W. Parker School. Typical course offerings include Grade 9 World Studies, Grade 10 U.S. History, and Grade 12 AP US Government & Politics. Mr. Ramin enjoys running, reading, and travelling in his spare time.
Lennon Murphy
Lennon Murphyis entering his second year of teaching at NLCP, teaching sophomores and juniors. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, where he was born and raised, Mr. Murphy graduated from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) in 2013, and taught for two years in Easley, SC. He moved to Chicago in 2015, and in addition to teaching at NLCP, is currently taking graduate classes at DePaul University. In his free time, Mr. Murphy enjoys working out, watching Clemson football, spending time with his wife and the school dog, Fawkes! His favorite part of teaching at NLCP is building relationships with his wonderful students and collaborating with colleagues to help our students continue to grow both in and outside of school.
Geoff Hiron
Geoff Hiron received his BSc. (Honors) in Geography with a concentration on paleoseismology from Brunel University, London. He has been a teacher for six years, the first three teaching high school Human and Physical Geography in London. At North Lawndale College Prep, over the past three years, Geoff has taught U.S. History, World Studies, Government, and World History. He is the 10th Grade Interdisciplinary Team leader and is on course to complete National Board certification at the end of the 16/17 academic year. He is passionate about public education in Chicago and is motivated by struggles for equality throughout many areas of society.

The North Lawndale College Prep Social Studies department strives to produce independent, civically-engaged learners who leverage their unique experiences to critically analyze and empathize with individuals and institutions at the local, national and global level. `Students are encouraged to analyze sources, events, stories, and movements from the past and present to build a comprehensive understanding of history and create their own narrative. Students are imbued with a sense of social justice that enables them to be an asset to their community and the larger world.

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