About the Teacher
Phone: (508) 945-5140 ex. 2135
Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts Amherst B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst History Major/ Political Science Minor
Mr. Jake Sumner - Grade 7 Social Studies
History has been a passion of mine from a very early age. My brother and I grew up in Acton, Massachusetts, right next door to Old North Bridge, the historic sight of the Battle of Concord. The Battles of Lexington and Concord signaled a point of no return for the colonies, as the armed conflict started the beginning of the American Revolution. The stories from the American Revolution sparked my interest in in the study of people from not so long ago, and most importantly, from not so far away. In this way stories of local Massachusetts history signified a point of no return for me as well. I knew that I wanted to be a history teacher. Later in college I studied Native American stories of the past, and learned the importance of understanding different perspectives.
I graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I later attended the Bridges to the Future program and received my M.Ed., also from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I have taught US History I and II as an intern at the high school level in Greenfield, Ma., worked as a middle school special education assistant while in the Acton-Boxborough School District, and taught as an eigth grade world history long-term substiitute in Northboro, Ma. I moved to Cape Cod in 2016 to work at the best school ever, and teach in the same school my wife attended when it used to be known as Chatham High School. This is my fourth year teaching seventh grade social studies at Monomoy Regional Middle School.
In seventh grade we study both world geography and ancient history. The skills we learn will allow us to be more critical thinkers as we gain the tools any astute historian should have. The lessons from history are what make the stories so important, because our lives today are a direct result of the events of the past. The events of the past are a direct result of who we are as human beings, the geography of ancient civilizations, and other momentous changes over time. I wholeheartedly believe that a good social studies education solves many of the world's problems, and that together we can use the lessons from history to make ourselves better citizens and better people. The more we are able to apply our historical knowledge, the better off we all are!