Getting to Know Mr. HueskenAll the Stuff You Need to Know About Your New History Teacher!!![One of Mr. H's favorite 'history teacher' movies: 2002's The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline]" Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past...This arises from the fact that [history is] produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results..."- Italian philosopher / diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli
Mr H's Background and Education-Though born in Philadelphia, Mr. Huesken is a life-long Lancaster County resident. A 2003 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, Mr. Huesken attended Shippensburg University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Education and a minor in Political Science. During his college years, Mr. Huesken was active in the affairs of the S.U. History Department as a member of the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta and as a founding member of the S.U. Student History Club, a student-run group that sponsors speakers, trips, and internship opportunities for SU students interested in historical study. Mr. Huesken was also an active musician on campus as a member of the popular Shippensburg University "Red Raider" Marching Band, where he played trombone and baritone and served as one of the band's drum majors during his sophomore and junior years. Mr. Huesken served the S.U. Music Department off the field as a member of the music-honors society, Kappa Kappa Psi, and was elected the society's official historian during his senior year. Other than his degree from Shippensburg University, Mr. Huesken also holds a Masters degree in History from Millersville University, which he obtained in 2012, and a K-12 Online Teaching certification from Wilkes University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which he obtained in 2018. This certificationa allows him to create, build, and teach online education classes. In 2019, Mr H completed a second Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching, also through Wilkes University.[A huge fan of all kinds of music, singers like Bruce Springsteen is always a popular mix in Mr H's classroom]
Mr H's Prior Teaching Experience -Prior to coming to Etown, Mr Huesken taught 9th Grade World Cultures and 11th-12th Grade Pennsylvania History & Government at Ephrata Area High School in the Ephrata Area School District. Mr Huesken also has prior teaching experience in the Central Dauphin School District, where he student-taught and ran a 20th Century American History classroom (1914-present) at Central Dauphin High School, and the Cedar Cliff School District, where he taught at Allen Middle School and ran a 7th Grade Ancient History & Civilizations classroom.Mr H Since Coming to Etown -Mr Huesken joined the Etown High School faculty in 2008 as an 11th Grade World History instructor, teaching both on-level and remedial courses. Since then he has taught 9th Grade Early American History (1801-1914), 10th Grade Modern American History (1914-present), 10th Grade Honors Modern American History (1914-present), 11th Grade Modern World History (1500's-present), 11th Grade Honors Modern World History (1500's-present), and 12th Grade Government & Economics. Outside of the classroom, Mr H is has also been active as a class advisor (most recently with the Class of 2014), a club advisor - running the new National History Day club for High School and Middle School students, and as an assistant director and drill instructor for Mr. Barraclough and the Elizabethtown Area High School Marching Band.
Occupational Experiences Outside of Teaching-Mr. Huesken also brings several unique occupational experiences outside of teaching into the classroom at E.A.H.S. that enrich both his lessons and relationship with students. While completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Huesken worked for a number of years for the Discover Lancaster County History Museum (formally part of Dutch Wonderland) as a tour guide and an educational programs designer for groups of all ages that focused on the rich history of Lancaster County. Programs that Mr. Huesken has worked on have ranged from educational workshops geared towards a particular period or event in Lancaster County history for elementary and middle school students to "haunted history" tours for older students and adults. Another job Mr. Huesken held while completing his undergraduate degree was working for the Strasburg Railroad as a part-time laborer and living-history interpreter providing visitors with a more realistic picture of Pennsylvania's rich railroading heritage.[To see a 2012 Strasburg Commercial with Mr. H's back (for all of 3 seconds) on the Pump Car, click below]Mr. Huesken has also worked in our nation's capital of Washington D.C. for a historical educational program called National History Day, a non-profit group based out of the University of Maryland that runs a national "science-fair-style" competition for perspective high school and middle school students interested in the subject of history. Selected from applicants that applied from around the country, Mr. Huesken was able to work with members of Congress, historical educators, and academic personalities to better develop ideas to bring historical education to the masses. Mr. Huesken continues to promote and work with N.H.D. whenever possible. Current workings with N.H.D. include judging at the regional History Day competitions for the Lancaster-Lebanon region at Millersville University and the regional History Day competitions for the Cumberland County region at his alma mater of Shippensburg University.
Mr. H worked as a tour guide and children's program designer at the Discover Lancaster CountyHistory Musuem from 1999 until 2006, working with elementary and middle schoolstudents interested in local, state, and national history.Mr. H has also served on the Act 48 Committee of the Lancaster Heritage Center, a group of like-minded educators who advice the Lancaster Heritage Center / Lancaster Historical Society on educational opportunities for teachers and students, and has also written a popular column for the online community website Examiner.com and its Harrisburg branch dealing with local / state history and politics. Recently, Mr H has remained busy doing consulting work for the educational learning site FANSchool.org as well as being featured as a guest blogger for BallotReady.org, a new voter education site, and featuring stories that look at the political and election history within the state of Pennsylvania. Mr H has also had writing features included on the technology and education website FractusLearning.com. In 2017, Mr H took on the role of educational programs coordinator for the Elizabethtown Historical Society, hoping to foster more access to local history resources for Etown students.
Mr H's Personal Life / Spare Time-In his spare time, Mr. H enjoys reading, spending time with his family and pets, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, checking out new films and documentaries (HUGE MOVIE BUFF!!!), and traveling to new and interesting places around the south-central Pennsylvania area.Mr. H currently lives in the Elizabethtown area with his wife (who is an elementary school teacher at East High Elementary), his daughter Olivia, his son Owen, and a large assortment of pets - a pug named Otis, a golden retriever named Boomer, a yorkie-poo named Dottie, and a tuxedo cat named Missy.