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With programs ranging from Civics to Civil War history, the Social Studies department prepares students by having them learn about the past in order to prepare them to meet the future.


Mark Bingham
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I’ve been teaching at Prospect Mountain High School since its doors opened in 2004.  Prior to that I worked at several museums doing everything from exhibit design to firing a Civil War artillery piece twice a day to running a 1750’s water-powered grist mill.  Holding a BA in History and a Master’s of Education both from the University of New Hampshire, here at PMHS I teach AP US History, US History, The Vietnam War Era, and the Civil War Soldiers and Civilian Experience courses.  I am also the advisor to the History Club, Project Search, Debate Club, and a class advisor to the Class of 2017.  Most of my free time is spent reading history with a cup of coffee, playing guitar or mandolin, volunteering at various historic museums and National Parks throughout the East, or casting my memory back to the time I got to spend a day with Bob Dylan and his band.  

Samantha Bravar
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I'm proud to say that this is my 16th year of teacher...and I still love my job.  I have been at Prospect Mountain High School for the past 11 years. Prior to that, I taught 7th Grade World Geography at Rochester Middle School. I have my Bachelor in History and Masters in the Art of Teaching Social Studies degree, both from UNH. I currently teach World History. I love teaching about the past and the lessons that we can learn from it.  I enjoy spending time with my family - My husband and three young boys.  I love running, yoga, reading, watching movies, swimming, going to the beach, and traveling. Fun fact: I've lived in NH for the past 18 years, but I still have my Boston accent. Travelling to Waltham often to visit my family and friends I grew up with helps keep this going!

Elisabeth Conn
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This is the fourth year that I have been a part of the Prospect Mountain High School Social Studies team, and Prospect has been a great place to come to everyday. Before PMHS, I worked in the Student Services department at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA. I have also taught US History and Political Science at Windham High School, and US History and World History at Chelmsford High School, in Chelmsford, MA. I currently teach Freshmen Seminar, Civics, Sociology, and Psychology and I have an M.Ed in Secondary Social Studies Education from Lesley University ('12). My bachelor's degree is in Film and Television from Boston University ('04), so naturally I love going to the movies and bingeing on Netflix. I also enjoy spending time traveling with my husband, and hanging out with my nieces and nephews.


Mike Folan
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I have been teaching for 39 years.  I started teaching in graduate school, teaching undergraduates for my graduate assistantship and my doctoral fellowship. I then taught for four years in Rhode Island. I began working in Alton 31 years ago and moved to Prospect Mountain when it was first opened.  I am also an adjunct professor at NHTI in Social Science. I teach United States History, World History, The American Experience in World War Two and American Dreams.  I am a senior class advisor and also conditioning and strength supervisor in the weight room after school. I have two Bachelor’s degrees from Rhode Island and a Master’s and advanced graduate work from Ball State University.  I have also taken advanced graduate work at Boston University and UNH.  I am an Eagle Scout, coached both high school and college football, play guitar (had my first band in the 7th grade in 1968!), played trumpet in my elementary school band (marched twice in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade).  Presently I am researching and writing a book on soldiers from New Hampshire killed in WW 2.

Pam Sanderson

Department Leader

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I am proud to refer to myself as an alumna of Prospect Mountain High School having accomplished my student teaching here in 2007. I substituted throughout the school (2008-2010) and eventually joined the Social Studies department in 2010. I teach World History, U.S. History and Economics. I’m a co-advisor for Humans Helping Humans and participate in other school activities whenever possible. My educational background is: B.A. Keene State College ‘79, B.S. Franklin Pierce College ‘98, and M.Ed. Franklin Pierce University ‘08. I am currently on the Alumni Board of Directors for Franklin Pierce University.  I enjoy family genealogy, history quests and trips to museums.

Russ Troendle

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My name is Russell Troendle and I have been employed at Prospect Mountain High School since it opened in 2004.  I earned a B.A. in American Studies from Franklin Pierce University and teach Freshmen Seminar, Civics and Economics.  I am a class adviser to the current senior class, a member of the freshmen team and History Club.  I am a past graduate of the Alton Central School, and now have two children that attend ACS. In my spare time I enjoy fresh and saltwater fishing, basketball, camping, and traveling throughout the United States.



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Alternative Credit: Civics Part I