That's me (left) with my partner Brooke

I am August, a social studies teacher from the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to my website!

About Me

I grew up in Olympia, Washington, and received degrees from Western Washington University (BA, 2019) and St. Martin's University (MIT, 2021). I currently live in Portland, where I work as a substitute teacher. When not educating the next generation, I run, read, learn, and explore the beautiful PNW with my partner Brooke and our puppy Mishka.

Check out the Resume tab to see my professional history, or the Ongoing Learning tab to see what I have been reading recently!

My Teaching Philosophy

I went into teaching because I believe high-quality public education is vital for a democratic society. I take inspiration from the American tradition which sees schools as "the republican line of fortifications." (Horace Mann) I thus orient my pedagogy to further three complementary objectives:

To achieve these ends, I provide a space where students are exposed to a variety of perspectives from both myself and their peers before arriving at reasoned conclusions. Students should leave my class able to approach a wide variety of situations with the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to participate and thrive in a democratic society.