George Allen is a social studies educator with the Avon Grove School District, West Grove, Pennsylvania. He has been in his current position four years and has a total of 14 years of experience in education with previous employment at Pepperdine University, Isabel la Católica School (Río Oro, Costa Rica), Mont Berkeley International School (San José, Costa Rica) and Nampa School District (Idaho).

Allen received his BA and MA in history, both from Pepperdine University, where he was a member of the university baseball team and served as an adjunct professor. He developed an interest in Latin America in 1990 while spending the summer in Brazil and Venezuela as part of a visiting baseball team. Upon completion of his master’s thesis, he volunteered as an English teacher in Costa Rica with World Teach in 1995 and 1996. He remained in Costa Rica for two and a half more years, two of those serving as Coordinator of Secondary ESL/ESL Instructor at Mont Berkeley International School and six months as a volunteer at the Tropical Youth Center, an environmental education
center run by Fundación Neoptrópica.
Upon return to the United States in 1999, Allen served as the ESL Coordinator and bilingual science and social studies teacher for West Middle School in Nampa, Idaho. He developed a program for differentiated teaching based on the work of Kathy Nunely and Carol Ann Tomlinson called Layered Learning, and gave numerous presentations on the program in area school districts and at the Idaho Association of Bilingual Educators (IABE) conferences in 2003 and 2004. During the 2004-2005 school year he was honored as Teacher of the Year.
In 2005 Mr. Allen accepted his current position in Avon Grove. He has continued his work on differentiated instruction and was honored as Philadelphia radio station WXTU’s Teacher of the Month in October 2006. He is currently serving as lead social studies teacher for the school, undertaking a revision of the school’s curriculum according to Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design framework. He is also pursuing graduate studies at the University of Delaware with research interests in social studies education, curriculum development, and content area literacy at the secondary level.

is a social studies educator with the Avon Grove School District, West Grove, Pennsylvania. He has been in his current position four years and has a total of 14 years of experience in education with previous employment at Pepperdine University, Isabel la Católica School (Río Oro, Costa Rica), Mont Berkeley International School (San José, Costa Rica) and Nampa School District (Idaho).

Allen received his BA and MA in history, both from Pepperdine University, where he was a member of the university baseball team and served as an adjunct professor. He developed an interest in Latin America in 1990 while spending the summer in Brazil and Venezuela as part of a visiting baseball team. Upon completion of his master’s thesis, he volunteered as an English teacher in Costa Rica with World Teach in 1995 and 1996. He remained in Costa Rica for two and a half more years, two of those serving as Coordinator of Secondary ESL/ESL Instructor at Mont Berkeley International School and six months as a volunteer at the Tropical Youth Center, an environmental education center run by Fundación Neoptrópica.

Upon return to the United States in 1999, Allen served as the ESL Coordinator and bilingual science and social studies teacher for West Middle School in Nampa, Idaho. He developed a program for differentiated teaching based on the work of Kathy Nunely and Carol Ann Tomlinson called Layered Learning, and gave numerous presentations on the program in area school districts and at the Idaho Association of Bilingual Educators (IABE) conferences in 2003 and 2004. During the 2004-2005 school year he was honored as Teacher of the Year.

In 2005 Mr. Allen accepted his current position in Avon Grove. He has continued his work on differentiated instruction and was honored as Philadelphia radio station WXTU’s Teacher of the Month in October 2006. He is currently serving as lead social studies teacher for the school, undertaking a revision of the school’s curriculum according to Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design framework. He is also pursuing graduate studies at the University of Delaware with research interests in social studies education, curriculum development, and content area literacy at the secondary level.

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