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Staff Profile

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
—William Butler Yeats.
My philosophy of education has three pillars; build relationships, be equitable and believe that all students can be successful. I believe education is a sacred trust, and am committed to teaching academic, social and emotional skills in a way that helps my students navigate middle school and prepare for whatever lies ahead. 
Before joining Westgate in 2010, I worked in the restaurant business for 17 years. While rewarding, two life events led me to reevaluate my life and it was then I decided to change careers and began working in education. Looking back, this was one of the best decisions of my life. In 1992, I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Central College and completed my Teacher Certification Program from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2009. Teaching history allows me to bring past events to life and help students understand how these events have impacted the events of today. In addition, the exploration of economics, Civics and geography provide students with an understanding of the world around them and how they can be successful, informed members of their community.
In my free time, I love spending time with my wife, Erin and son, Tom. I'm a big fan of dad jokes and love all things Star Wars. I also love to travel, ride my bike, snowboard, play guitar and attend live music concerts.



Social Studies Update Week of 11/6/23

Greeting 7th Grade Social Studies Families!
This week students will be completing their World Religion Museum Project. Students will meet in groups based on the religion they have chosen. They will work together to make sure the following are completed:
  • All artifacts are completed
  • Artifact proposal forms are completed
  • Posters for their religion are created
  • Layout of their museum display is created
You are invited to come visit our World Religion Museum this Thursday.
  • When: Thursday, November 9th
  • 7C: 9:30 - 10:00
  • 7D: 2:30 - 3:00
  • Where: Westgate in Mr. Rowan's room
Please email with any questions or concerns.
Mr. Rowan

Social Studies Update Week of 12/5/2022

Greetings from 7 grade Social Studies!
Last week, students were introduced to the different types of governments. For this unit we are looking at Direct and Representative Democracies, Absolute and Parliamentary Monarchies, Oligarchy, Autocracy, Dictatorship and Theocracy. Students read and researched to complete a scavenger hunt, a brochure and a wanted poster to learn about these governments in different ways. 
This week we will continue our study with a Who Rules Nearpod and group poster activity. There will be a quiz on types of governments this Friday.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Mr. Rowan