A Note of Welcome
Dear Parents & Guardians,
We are well on our way into a new century and I am convinced that the skills, abilities, habits of heart and mind, and broad based knowledge that are intrinsic to any education are more essential to the development of our students than ever before.
A solid grounding in World History and Geography is not simply useful, it is vital. Nearly all courses our students will ultimately take in college - history, economics, literature, religion, political science, sociology, psychology, art history (and nearly every discipline, for that matter) are expressions of Western civilization, thought and culture. Beyond college life, the world we are preparing our students to enter is increasingly complex and becoming more globally integrated through technology every day. Our society will need well-cultivated men and women with an appreciation and knowledge of our past to weigh and consider the challenges of tomorrow.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Germantown High School faculty this year. I look forward to a productive year working with your student. Please take a moment to read through the information provided here. I hope you will find out a little more about me and my approach to this important course of study. Homework will be posted on this site and students can find assignments in canvas.
Mrs. Laurie Walton
Let me tell you a little bit about my background . . .
I grew up in Nesbit, Mississippi in Desoto County. I am a product of Desoto County Schools. I still have family in that area, including my parents. I graduated from Hernando High School, Northwest Community College, Belhaven University, and Lynn University. I married my high school sweetheart in 1996.
Education & Professional Experience
I received my B.A. degree in Secondary History Education with a minor in English from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. As an undergraduate student at Belhaven, it was instilled in me their motto, “not to be served, but to serve.” I also have an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lynn University. I have 18+ years of very rewarding teaching experience. I have had the pleasure of working in both Williamson County Schools in Tennessee and DeSoto County Schools in Mississippi, perhaps two of the finest school systems in the South. We lived in South Florida for many years and my teaching experience there was at The King’s Academy, a premier independent school.
My husband is Jason Walton and we have been married for over 20 years. We returned home to Mississippi a little over three years ago. We lived in South Florida for nine years prior to that move. Prior to South Florida, we moved from Tennessee where Jason was recruited to work in South Florida after completing his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University. We have one daughter named Caroline who is in the tenth grade this year and a son, John William, who is in the fifth grade.
2019-2020 Classes are A.P. World History, A.P. European History, and World History
- Supplies needed for A.P. classes: A well-organized notebook that includes paper and pockets for handouts. A 1 inch or 1.5 inch three ring binder would be best for each semester. All assignments should be in pencil, blue, or black ink. You will also need 3 x 5 index cards to keep our I.D. cards for the entire year, so buy at least 100 to begin.
- Supplies needed for World History classes: A well-organized notebook that includes paper and pockets for handouts. A 1 inch or 1.5 inch three ring binder would be best for each semester. All assignments should be in pencil, blue, or black ink.