History and Social Sciences

Learning from the past helps us develop connections today. 

The Thornton Academy History Department strives to give our students a better understanding of the world around them. Through understanding cultures from around the globe and conflicts that have plagued humanity in the past, we are better able to grapple with today's issues. Our hope is that students graduate from Thornton Academy with a curiosity of the world around them and the willingness and ability to be engaged citizens.

- John Raby, History & social Sciences department chair


In this course, we discuss issues that our country faces, try to gain a better understanding of them, why people view these issues differently, and why it is so hard to come to a solution. Students explore the ever-changing nature of the world around us without the constraints of a rigid curriculum.

history teacher discusses a topic with a group of students

My history teacher is considerate and truly cares about the success of his students. You can tell from one class with Mr. Cote that teaching isn't just a job for him, it's his livelihood. Mr. Cote's search for further excellence and knowledge has truly inspired me and has forever made my TA experience memorable.  

christina casvikes '20

History & Social Science Courses

History & Social Science Faculty

Andrew Carlson

History Teacher, Varsity Boys Soccer Coach

Jason Cote

History Teacher

Ron Cote

History Teacher, Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Jill Herrick

History Teacher

Bob LePauloue

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Eric Marston

History Teacher, Girls & Boys Cross Country Teams (head coach)

Nathan McKenney

History Teacher

Mike Nelson

History Teacher, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Residential Life Parent

Brandon Parise

History Department Chair, History Teacher

John Raby

History Teacher

David Sharland

History Teacher

Natalie Sharland

History Teacher, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
students participate in a class discussion