Social Studies Department at Wheaton High School

Social Studies Department

Social Studies Department

Department Phone: 301-321-3337

Mr. David Shaffner


The primary goal of social studies at Wheaton is for students to have a wide range of experiences and challenges as they study history and the social sciences. We use facts, concepts, generalizations, and the skills of history and the social sciences to foster responsible and informed citizenship.

Through the combined study of history and the social sciences, students critically examine past events and decisions and study human behavior in varied settings. As much as possible, we draw on the background, experiences, and prior knowledge of our diverse student body to enhance our classroom strategies. To meet these goals, the social studies department offers a variety of course offerings including the required courses, popular elective offerings, and challenging AP classes. The Social Studies Department is fully committed to supporting all pathways of the Global Studies Academy as well as providing enriching experiences through our elective offerings to students in all Wheaton Academies.

Social Studies: Department Staff 2022-2023              

Mr. Marco Basso-Luca

AP Government, NSL Government


Mr. Marco Basso-Luca



Mr. Bart Brooks

AP US History, Psychology 1, Sociology


Mr. Jay Dater



Mr. Ben Feasley

AP Government, Economics


Ms. Sara Kohorst

Hon US History


Ms. Heidi Hemming

US History, Peace Studies, Women’s Studies, Model UN Sponsor


Ms. Hope Koumentakos

Mr. Andrew Kulesh

 US History, Modern World History 

NSL Government


Ms. Melanie Marques



Ms. Tobii Mason

Mr. Seth Nesin

AP Psychology, Student Leadership,  SGA

NSL Government and Law


Mr. Nikolas Papadopoulos

Modern World History


Ms. Shawnnell Perry

AP Government 10th Grade Team Leader


Ms. Amanda Ruvolo

US History, Modern World History, 11th Grade Class Sponsor


Ms. Jeanne Salvado

College Prep Literacy


Mr. Matthew Scalese

AP Psychology, Modern World History, 12th Grade Class Sponsor


Mr. Giacomo Sciuto

AP World Hist., World History, Latin American History, Model UN Sponsor


Mr. Dave Shaffner

Department Resource Teacher, AP World History, AP Human Geo.


Mr. Jon Sturman


Modern World History, Global Issues


Mr. Zachary Wishart

US History, NSL Government, 11th Grade Class Sponsor


Mr. Tremayne Wooten

Modern World History, NSL Government, Afr. Am. Hist.


Mr. Eric Zolkiewicz

AP Government, Life 101, Assistant Athletic Director


Ms. Lauren Zolkiewicz

AP US History, US History, 9th Grade Academy Leader, NHS



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