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.
Sharonda Kimbrough
Sharonda Kimbrough is entering her tenth year of teaching, seven of which have been at NLCP. A native of Chicago, Ms. Kimbrough graduated from UIUC with a B.A in history and went on to earn her M.A in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University in 2006. After teaching Economics ,Street Law, and Civics & Government at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ms. Kimbrough joined the Phoenix Family in 2010. Teaching primarily freshman and juniors, Ms. Kimbrough has taught U.S History, Foreign Policy, Government , World Studies, and A.P U.S. History. Ms. Kimbrough was a member of the pilot interdisciplinary team at NLCP and is the course team leader for A.P US History. In 2016, Ms. Kimbrough graduated from NLU with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in reading and is a certified reading specialist. She is dedicated to her students and believes it is her responsibility to help them connect to the past so they can understand and be active citizens in modern history.
Lavie Raven

Lavie Raven is a social studies and language arts instructor at North Lawndale College Preparatory HS (a Chicago high school), and the Prime-Minister of Education for the University of Hip-Hop. Having taught in the Chicago public school system for twenty years and done community arts work since he was a teenager, Raven has created strategies for integrating hip-hop into community service projects and classroom education. He has worked with youth on many community hip-hop arts programs and social justice projects, for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Pogranizce (Borderlands Project), Alternatives community center, the Southwest Youth Collaborative, the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, and numerous other organizations. Raven has also done community mural projects in Sejny, Poland; Liberia, Costa Rica; Oakland, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Aleut Bay, British Columbia; and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is presently completing his doctorate in interdisciplinary studies at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, researching the impacts of hip-hop education and the integration of alternative arts on community development guided by youth centered curricula.

As one of the co-founders of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts, Raven helped to create a dozen charter branches that serve youth across the city of Chicago and throughout the nation. Raven is a certified teacher of social studies and English, grades 7-12, and he has taught courses in World Studies, African-American History, Argument and Debate, Popular Culture, and English, levels I-IV. In his experience as an educator Raven has assisted youth in addressing issues of social justice through the public arts and community service-learning projects. As a mural artist he has worked with youth to create culturally conscious murals that have been displayed at museums, cultural centers, and community organizations. Raven believes in providing youth with a transdisciplinary approach toward life that holistically engages their academic skills, celebrates their talents and artistic abilities, and empowers youth desires to bring positive change to society. In his work for local, national, and international communities, Lavie Raven continually strives to spearhead unconventional and prolific youth empowerment projects in and out of the classroom.

Charles Betts, Jr.
Charles Betts is pleased to return to the North Lawndale area. He attended elementary school in this neighborhood and has strong links to the people and the culture of this community. This sense of connection and belonging is why he changed his career late in life to answer a calling to contribute to the growth and guidance of our youth. It is a calling that has returned him home with a passion to inspire youth and equip them with tools for learning and living. Betts’ path to teaching has lead him to and through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an undergraduate student of social studies and life sciences to a Masters of Art in Teaching from Concordia University Chicago. These lifelong learning experiences have prepared him to meet the challenges and needs of the Phoenix family in the noble profession of teaching and have set him on a continuing path to inspire and guide our future. Betts is truly excited to be a part of the NLCP Social Studies Department, where we inspire students to think critically about our world as it existed in the past, and as it exists in the present.
Maxine Jeremiah
Maxine Jeremiah is the Social Studies department chair. She has been an educator for over 12 years, spending 9 of those years at North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School. Dr. Jeremiah was born in Jamaica, but immigrated to the United States after she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education & Sociology & Anthropology from Knox College in Galesburg, Il. After a two period where she interned at her alma mater, Dr. Jeremiah began graduate education. She earned a Masters in Multicultural Education and a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In order to further develop her leadership skills, Dr. Jeremiah returned to school in 2012, and she earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Dr. Jeremiah is excited to share her commitment to motivating, inspiring, and challenging students through teaching Social Studies at NLCP.

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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