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Mr. Tom Pape

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About Me
How long have you worked at Centennial?: 

This is my fifth year here at Centennial and twenty-third year in education.

What do you love about working at Centennial?: 

This school reminds me so much of my last school in southeast Colorado...very personable, high relationship, and just a pleasant place to teach.  I love the students here because they are so kind and respectful, my co-workers because of their dedication, professionalism, and willingness to work together (a great group of individuals, to say the least), and a front office that keeps things running smoothly and maintaining a culture that makes this school unique in its mission.

What is a hobby you have outside of school?: 

I really like the outdoors...whether it is going on hikes or shooting baskets with my wife, Megan, or taking my dog Patches for a walk around the block, it's always great to get outside.  I also enjoy working out at the gym, reading a good book, and going for rides in the mountains with Megan.

What is one piece of advice you have for students of CHS?: 

I would have to say that the one piece of advice I could give CHS students is to pay attention and stay ahead of the game.  The worst thing you can do is get behind and dig a hole for yourself.  The one great thing about Centennial is that it gives you that opportunity to get yourself out of that hole, but being proactive and adhering to the Six P's is the way to be successful here.

My Classroom
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So I teach American history, humanities, and will also be teaching a Current World Affairs class this year.  American history will focus on Colonial history to the Civil War and Reconstruction, while humanities will examine ancient civilizations up to and including the Renaissance.  Current World Affairs will be a class that allows the student to dig into a variety of issues and stories that have an impact not only on the United States, but the world community as well.  

About My Classroom: 

I love my classroom...where else can a history teacher teach in a room that is one hundred and thirteen years old?  I have been in this classroom for going on five years...a room whose previous occupant was Kristen Lega.  I knew I had big shoes to fill there, but I have enjoyed making it my own over the last four years.  I have lots of quotes that surround the room along with my Wall of Presidents.  In addition, I have a huge quilt that was made for me by the community I spent eighteen years teaching in down in southeast Colorado in Sheridan Lake.  It is a big part of my teaching history, and I share those memories with my students when asked.  I think it is pretty cool that  I have a quilt to hang in a classroom and a school whose Discovery culture is highlighted by a quilt presentation when they graduate from that program into the five period day.  It truly was meant to be!