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Melissa Roberts Beukema, Social Studies Teacher


"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." - Oscar Wilde

Hello and thank you for visiting my site!  Below you will find brief overviews of my courses, along with personal and academic background summaries. Please contact me via e-mail with questions or comments:


This year, I will be teaching two sections of IB History Year 1 and one sections of Government & Economics. In both courses students will be prepared for further study in the social sciences and will be asked to develop their ability to think critically and sit with the ambiguity inherent in social sciences.  Students will be expected to do a lot of reading, writing, thinking, and discussing!

Personal Background

I'm originally from California and moved to Minnesota in 2004. When I'm not at school I can often be found at the Children's Museum or the park with my children, a 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. Other than family, my loves include comedy, learning, nature, and politics.

Educational & Professional Background