Melvin Duckenfield High School History
High School Bible
Rebecca Buffaloe High School History
High School Girl's Bible
Social Studies Department Chair

    Rebecca Buffaloe  |  High School History
    High School Girl's Bible
    Social Studies Department Chair

High school social studies department head Becki Buffaloe, who teaches U.S. History, Current Events, and Bible, can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t want to be a teacher, as she even loved playing “school” as child and started babysitting at age nine.

In her thirty-three years of teaching, Mrs. Buffaloe has taught children of every age “from the Headstart Program to twelfth grade” with the exception of grades four, five, and nine.

“It is quite amazing that I even became a teacher because starting in sixth grade I had major struggles with math which carried over to science,” she stated, “Learning disabilities were not weeded out so much for children in the fifties and sixties… looking back, it is quite obvious that I had a math learning disability — it was almost like math dyslexia.”

However, Mrs. Buffaloe can see the good that eventually emerged from her struggles. She said, “I think in some ways it has helped me better teach students who struggle because I lived it. I tell my students that no one cut me any slack. I had to be determined to keep going and not give up.”

She added, “I know that many, many prayers were prayed for me along the way.”

Mrs. Buffaloe also recognizes that for some students, being interested in the subject can be the hard part.

“History can be such a dry subject,” she explained, “Many people do not like it, so a history teacher has to be passionate.”

Mrs. Buffaloe, a self-proclaimed history buff (pun intended), keeps her students engaged through her love of history and passion for it that “just seeps out of” her. She also values the subject of English because writing well is important in so many areas of life and is not “an isolated subject,” in her words.

She has developed a passion for current events, saying, “I also feel it is the duty of a Christian to be well-informed about the world in which we live. Teaching Current Events is probably the hardest job I have ever had because you truly see the ‘evil’ world system… I have II Corinthians 4:8-9 posted in many places for when Current Events discourages me.”

When not in the classroom, Mrs. Buffaloe enjoys spending time with her husband of almost forty years, Merrick, and their three children and four grandchildren. She is well-loved by all of the students she’s taught, who affectionately call her Mrs. B or Mrs. Buff.

She’s not afraid to share hard truths with her students, and she declared, “The biggest life lesson I stress to my [students]… is that each of us are walking billboards for Jesus Christ. I talk to them about how we cannot cram our beliefs down someone’s throat — we have to live it. I stress that people are watching us to see how we react to the ups and downs of life. There is lots of accountability there.”

Catherine Bizieff High School Government and Economics
AP US History

    Catherine Bizieff  |  High School Government and Economics
    AP US History

High school social studies teacher Catherine Bizieff has teaching in her blood.

“My family is full of teachers,” she explained, listing off relatives who share her occupation, from her great grandfather to her adult son, and adding, “It’s just what we do.”

Mrs. Bizieff teaches tenth grade Government/Economics as well as AP United States History, a class typically populated by seniors. She has a bachelor’s in United States History and Political Science as well as a Master’s of Education from Wright State University in Ohio.

When she’s not teaching, she loves reading and traveling the country with her family. Recently, her eldest son and his wife had a baby, and Mrs. Bizieff said she and her husband “have enjoyed learning the ropes of becoming grandparents!”

Before she chose to teach high school, Mrs. Bizieff revealed, “I wanted to teach at a law school, which means first becoming a lawyer. However, when it came time to start law school, I had two small children and decided that teaching the Constitution to teenagers was better for my own children. It is a decision I am so very glad I made because I love it.

Mrs. Bizieff, whose students affectionately call her Mrs. B or Mrs. Biz, finds her job most rewarding when she is “getting to know the students as they grow and mature” as well as “working with the ones who are struggling and watching their eyes light up as they ‘get it.’”

Her AP class is the one where she gets to really dig into the subject of history and see her students embrace history the most.

“My AP U.S. History students learn the ‘whys’ of history,” she shared, “Many times things become more real when you understand why someone made the choices they did. I love explaining that things we take for granted all had a cause and effect.”

Mrs. Bizieff likes to incorporate Biblical principles into her classroom, too. Not only does she want her students to view history, government, and economics through a Christian lens, she wants them to understand while learning about socials studies that “God is not surprised by anything. There is no rogue molecule. We worship a perfect God, not live a perfect life.”

 

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