History/Department Chair Social Studies
About the Teacher:
“My name is Ben Wellenreiter and I am the Red Team American History teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at MJHS. This is my nineteenth year of teaching. I have been at Morton for my entire teaching career. In addition to teaching history, I am an adjunct professor in the Educational Studies Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. There I teach courses in middle school philosophy and elementary social studies teaching methods. I have previously taught courses in social studies methods at Illinois State University. I am also on the Executive Board of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
I earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education from Illinois State University in 2010. In 2005 I earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in School Counseling at Bradley University and am a Nationally Certified Counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Social Science Education at ISU in 1998. I am certified in U.S. History, World History, Geography, Sociology, Economics, and Political Science. My research interests include adolescent social behavior, school authority structures, and the role patriotism plays in schools. My dissertation research concerned adolescent social processes in non-academic school environments.
When I am not at school, my wonderful wife Tara, my happy-go-lucky son Joel, and new daughter Bryn. I enjoy traveling, photography, biking, and reading. My travels have taken me to South America, Europe, Africa, and all around the United States. I am also active within my church, (Bethel Lutheran, Morton). I look forward to working with everyone in the coming school year.
Recent publications and presentations:
Wellenreiter, B. R. (2016, in press). Context is everything: Increasing the relevance of preservice teachers’ experiences in classroom management. In Crawford, C. (Ed.) Handbook on Classroom Teachers as Associated Teacher Educators.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
Roberts, S.L. and Wellenreiter, B.R. (2015). Teaching middle level social studies: A practical guide for 4th-8th Grades, 2nd Ed. Athens: GA. Digitaltextbooks.biz
Wellenreiter, B. R. (2012). Garbage trucks and deposit slips: The disconnect between life experiences and the economics curriculum of South Africa. In Lucey, T. A., & Laney, J. D. (Eds.) Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Wellenreiter, B. R., Lucey, T. A., & Hatch, D. D. (2010). Looking back at their futures: Preservice middle level teachers’ examination of past educational experiences. RMLE Online, 34(1) 1-11.
Wellenreiter, B.R. (2014, March). Analyzing school policies for civil rights concerns: Connecting students to concepts. Presentation at Illinois Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.
Eggers, N., Cross, S., Wellenreiter, B.R., and Hollis, Anne. (2014, March). Panel Discussion on Advocacy for Children with Special Needs. Mental Health Forum 2014. Hult Center for Healthy Living. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.
Mission for the Class
The mission for the class is to critically examine many of the events of US history and apply the lessons from them in our everyday lives. A focus is placed on how changing technologies, political policies, and social standards have impacted lives of citizens in the past and continue to influence us today.
Email - [email protected]
Phone - (309)266-6522