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Mr. James Vera

Social Studies Department Chair

I began teaching at Oswego East High School in 2005. I became chair of the social studies department in 2008. I have been a high school teacher for 23 years; I began teaching at Downers North High School in 1991. I attended the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, and graduated in 1991 with a degree in history from the teacher education program. I attained my master’s degree in educational leadership from Governors’ State University, in University Park, Ill. I have had the opportunity in my career to attend a week-long Teachers’ Institute at the Supreme Court of the United States through the Street Law educational program. I was fortunate to have met both former justice Sandra Day O’Connor and current Chief Justice John Roberts at this event. I am a proud member of the National Council of the Social Studies, and have attended annual conferences in Washington D.C., Houston, St. Louis, and Chicago.