Social Studies Department

Phone: 494-8800 ext. 2262

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in History from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Ms. Theresa James

I am a native Coloradan who spent most of my childhood moving around due to my dad's job. I went to Doherty High School and then attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I majored in history and minored in geography for my undergraduate degree. I then continued on and obtained my masters in curriculum and instruction. I am in my fifteenth year of teaching. I spent my first seven years at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. Once District 11 closed Wasson, I needed to find a new home. I landed here at Vista Ridge High School and am entering my eighth year as a wolf. This year I am teaching World History/Civics, Sociology, and AP Comparative Government and Politics. 

This year is going to be a whole new adventure with online learning and the possibility of in-person learning. I am disappointed that I am unable to teach in my classroom with my students this year but am going to do my best to make this year a good year for my students. I will be using Google Classroom for my World History/Civics and AP Comparative Government and Politics courses. Sociology will be using Edgenuity as the online platform for their course work. 

Please refer to the course overview/syllabus for the course you or your child is enrolled for this year for specific information on class codes/how to join the class using the online platform.

Below is my schedule for this year. During class time while we are doing online learning I will be on Google Meet live during that time either teaching or answering questions. These will be office hours for that particular class. I also will be available during office hours Monday-Thursday 2:45-3:20 and Friday 12:00-12:30. 

Monday/Wednesday

1st Period (7:30-9:05) AP Comparative Government and Politics (Google Classroom- all students have joined, parents you have received an invite to join via email- please contact me if you need help joining; Google Meet for class- all students received calendar invites for class times and office hours)

2nd Period (910-10:45) Civics (Google Classroom- all students have joined, parents you have received an invite to join via email- please contact me if you need help joining; Google Meet for class- all students received calendar invites for class times and office hours)

3rd Period (11:25-1:00) Sociology (Google Classroom- all students have received the join code via email; Google Meet for class- all students received calendar invites for class times and office hours)

4th Period (1:05-2:40) Planning Period 

Tuesday/Thursday

Tuesday (7:30-9:05) Pathways/Thursday (7:30-9:05) Department PLC Meeting

5th Period (9:10-10:45) Planning Period

6th Period (11:25-1:00) AP Comparative Government (Google Classroom- all students have joined, parents you have received an invite to join via email- please contact me if you need help joining; Google Meet for class- all students received calendar invites for class times and office hours)

7th Period (1:05-2:40) Sociology (Google Classroom- all students have received the join code via email; Google Meet for class- all students received calendar invites for class times and office hours)