Mission Statement

The CSArts Social Science department strives to help students embrace a multicultural perspective with the goal of developing informed, active citizens. This will be accomplished by:

  • Focusing on historical literacy and research

  • Engaging with primary and secondary sources

  • Working collaboratively with peers

  • Integrating technology as a classroom tool

Our students will also be imbued with the intellectual creativity to ask questions, grapple with real-world problems, and respond intelligently with reachable solutions.

Geoff Bowman

Geoff Bowman

Instructor

Geoff.Bowman@sgv.csarts.net

Geoff Bowman earned his bachelor of history from the University of California, Riverside and his credential from Brandman University. He has taught Social Studies for grades 8-12 at New Vista School and Palisades Charter High School. While at PCHS, Mr. Bowman also taught a “Virtual Academy” for college preparatory and Advanced Placement Social Studies courses. He has been a part of OCSA’s JSA program for the past five years, and is looking forward to being the Leadership advisor at California School of the Arts.

Andrew Pegan

Andrew Pegan

Instructor

Andrew.Pegan@sgv.csarts.net

Andrew Pegan has been teaching some combination of English and History for the past 8 years. He has worked in Baltimore, Compton, South LA, and Santa Ana. He has a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of the Arts in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from Johns Hopkins University. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading and traveling. 

Michael Turf

Michael Turf

Instructor

Michael.Turf@sgv.csarts.net

Michael Turf holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from California State University, Long Beach.  He earned his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science and began his Master's in History studies at California State University, Chico.  Mr. Turf is dedicated to engaging his students of all learning styles with lessons that are rigorous, relevant, and personal.  He also lays the foundation for a safe, encouraging, and student-centered learning environment, in which his students can learn, grow, and leave each class period with a sense of achievement and success.

Mr. Turf has 8 years of teaching experience at the middle and high school level and has held titles such as GATE Coordinator, ASB Advisor, Gay-Straight Alliance/Safe Zone Club Advisor, Academic Decathlon Coach, and CJSF Advisor.  Mr. Turf has been honored with recognitions such as the Northern California Center for Tolerance and Non-Violence Stand-Out Teacher Award, the Durham Unified School District Teacher of the Year Award in Northern California, and the Santa Ana Unified School District Teacher of the Year Award.  Currently, Mr. Turf teaches AP World History, Modern World History, and Health at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley.

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