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Melissa Roberts Beukema, Social Studies Teacher

With the shift to distance learning I encourage students to please visit the Google Classroom sites for information and remember to check e-mail daily! Parents, please reach out via e-mail ( and I will reply promptly.

"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:

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Courses & Schedule

This year, I will be teaching three sections of IB History Year 1 and one section 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!

Since I am part-time, I am available for help outside of class by appointment only.

Personal Background

I'm originally from California and moved to Minnesota in 2004. When I'm not at school I can often be found hanging out with my husband and children, a son at Barton and a daughter in preschool. Other than family, my loves include the ocean, comedy, and politics.

Educational & Professional Background