Hello! My name is Ms. Brittany Hedrick and I teach World History honors, Social Justice & Racial Equality, and African American History here at MCHP. I graduated from UNCG in 2018 with a master's degree in history. While at UNCG, I specialized in 19th and 20th century history, African American studies, and Holocaust studies. Since 2018, I have taught various history courses at Forsyth Technical Community College and Davidson-Davie Community College. In 2020, I shifted to K-12 education, teaching for Guilford County Schools. This is my third year as a teacher for the Middle College at GTCC High Point! When I am not on campus, I enjoy spending time with my fur baby, Luna and catching up on a good film.
Throughout my education, I did not find most of my classes engaging, and I did not feel the passion from my teachers. Furthermore, there were only a few teachers who I felt really believed in me. It wasn't until enrolling in college courses that I began to love school, and wanted to bring my passion for history to the classroom. These experiences have guided my educational philosophy as a teacher. As an educator, I believe in creating a nurturing environment for students. Students should feel cared for and have teachers who believe in them every step of the way, no matter their ability! Therefore, I believe in building positive relationships within the classroom. I believe in meeting students where they are at, and helping them grow and become the best versions of themselves. I also believe in making history fun and interesting, and more importantly, relevant to their lives. In my class, history is not the simple repetition and recalling of facts and dates, but rather a story from the past that helps students make sense of the present. I guide students to make connections between the past and present to hone their critical thinking skills and better understand the world around them. I believe that "we teach not for school, but for life." I encourage students to analyze history through a variety of perspectives, so they can better understand the choices that people made and how it affects the world in which we live today. My classroom is guided by the famous quote, "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." If you want the world to be a better place, it must start with you! You can't expect things to change if you yourself are not willing to make the change within yourself. However, we cannot understand where we are going if we do not know where we have been; therefore, it is crucial for students to learn about difficult events in our history. During my education, I remember learning about racism, genocide, war, violence, prejudice, slavery, segregation, etc. I kept asking myself--why did these bad things happen? It is a given that in a history class, students learn about how an event happened, but in my classroom we put a heavy focus on learning about why something happened--which is much more difficult to answer. In order to understand why things happened throughout history, students engage in discussions, analyze primary and secondary sources, and are asked difficult questions about historical events that promote deeper levels of thinking about the past. I promote college readiness and professionalism in my classroom. As a former college instructor, I believe students should start learning how to be successful in college courses during their time in high school. This includes learning about proper email etiquette, how to construct discussion posts, how to write an essay, and how to go beyond description on assignments to mastering the skill of analysis. I am determined to foster an environment and a classroom that is anti-racist and furthermore, welcomes ALL students. Students can expect to enter a classroom that focuses on the people's history--that is, a curriculum that places focus on social history and perspectives from the bottom up.