Gonzalez Jumps to AP US History


Warren Unzueta

Gonzalez explains the regional differences between the original 13 colonies.

Warren Unzueta, Staff Writer

After making the move up to A.P. European History last year, following three years of Honors World History, Jamie Gonzalez is on the move again but this time to A.P. United States History.  

This is not the first time Gonzalez has decided to make a big jump between levels of classes and has even switched between subjects in the past. In the seven years that she has been at SJHHS, the courses she has taught include Spanish I and II, Honors World History, Two-Way Immersion Honors World History, AP European History, and now AP United States History. 

“My passion is history so I think I just wanted to shift more towards the history realm,” said Gonzalez. “I really wanted to get into the A.P. classes with kids who are really motivated and excited about learning–  excited about the content.” 

While the AP United States History team has long consisted of solely Mrs. Osborne and Mr. Snedeker, the two are very excited to welcome a new member to the team. 

I really wanted to get into the A.P. classes with kids who are really motivated and excited about learning– excited about the content”

— Gonzalez

“We are very excited to have Mrs. Gonzalez on board this year with APUSH. She brings a wealth of knowledge having taught AP Euro last year and will provide great insight to the students as they transition from 10th to 11th grade history,” said Osborne. 

One of Mrs. Gonzalez’s most important values as a teacher is to not only produce success inside the classroom, but to also build relationships with her students. 

“She helped me learn not only about the subject but life lessons. She’s taught me so much about life and things we don’t typically learn in school. Mrs. G always tells me that she wants me to do my best and aim high but not to the point that it will hurt me. I am so grateful to have her guidance and I look forward to seeing her every day,” said junior Ashton St. Germaine, who has had Mrs. Gonzalez for two years now. 

One theory as to why Mrs. Gonzalez has moved up classes the past few years is that she wants to stay with the class of 2021. 

“I think it was just a coincidence. To be honest, I would love to do that every year. If I could follow the same group, I would love to do that,” said Gonzalez. 

When asked if there was any possibility of her moving up to AP Government next year, Gonzalez said,  “I don’t think so. I think I’ll stop here for a while. I absolutely love both [AP European History and AP United States History]. I would love to go back and forth.”