The Godfather of History: Rusty Godfrey

SCHOOL: South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities

CLASS: Advanced Placement U.S. History, Honors U.S. History, Honors Holocaust Seminar

SCHOOL PHONE: (864) 282-3750 EMAIL: rgodfrey@scgsah.state.sc.us

Teacher Bio

Teaching in SC public schools since 1991.

Married, two terrific sons: Benjamin and Louis.

1991 B.A. History Furman University
1991-2002 Teacher and Quiz Bowl Coach at J.L. Mann High School
1995 Teacher of the Year (J.L. Mann High School)
1997 Advanced Placement U.S. History certified.
1998 M.Ed. Clemson University
1999 Masters Plus Thirty
2002 Started teaching at the Governor's School
2004 Earned National Board (NBPTS) Certification.
2007 A.P. Syllabus authorized by College Board Auditors
2010 J.E. Beck Excellence in Education Award (Upstate Gospel Coalition)
2011 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (National Society of High School 
2012 Outstanding Teacher of American History contest winner at three levels:
          Captain William Hilton chapter of the Daughters of the American 
          Revolution, South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, 
          and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Rev.
2014 Renewed National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 

2013 National Endowment for Humanities "Landmarks in U.S. History"
        workshop on "The Shakers: Heaven on Earth" in Albany, NY
2012 Goethe Institut's Transatlantic Outreach Program in Germany
2012 National Endowment for Humanities "Landmarks in U.S. History"
        workshop on the Kansas-Missouri Border Wars in Kansas City, MO
2010 SC Recipient of Abraham Lincoln Fellowship - study at Lincoln
         Presidential Library in Springfield, IL
2009 National Center for Humanities course "Becoming Modern: America
         in the 1920s" in Durham, NC
2008 National Endowment for Humanities "Landmarks in U.S. History" 
         workshop "Andrew Jackson and the Hermitage" in Nashville, TN
2006 A.P. Summer Institute for the Arts "Jazz and American History" at
         Columbia College in Chicago, IL
2005 Jewish Foundation for the Righteous course on the Holocaust at
         Columbia University in NYC

Leaders in US history: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. 
         Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Eras in US history: Old South, Civil War, 1920s, 1930s, WWII

TV Shows:  Antiques Roadshow, Washington Week, History Detectives, 
           American Experience, Downton Abbey     

"Cool Car" /Hooptie Godfrey Drives:  Jade Green 1977 Dodge Aspen

Main musical love: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong ("OH Y-E-E-E-S-S-S-S-S")

Other musical interests: Merle Haggard, George Jones, the Beatles, 
         Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bing
         Crosby, Carmen Cavallaro, Wouter Hamel

Mission For The Class

For all history classes, the student will...

1) Write an effective essay with a strong thesis and supporting evidence.
2) Analyze key documents of history and discuss their relevance.
3) Interpret major events and periods of history as to their significance.
4) Develop a global perspective of current world issues, and how history can
guide the human race in the future.
5) Synthesize creative projects using history knowledge learned in class.
6) Discuss how past events relate to the present and his/her life.
7) Develop an appreciation of the sacrifices made by other Americans in order
that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.