History and Social Studies

Our Social Studies Department in another area where Parkview's excellence shows. Again, in this area, it's the teachers and their enthusiasm that propels our students to take an interest in the coursework. But it's not all classwork. Our studies carry our students into the community where they volunteer for real-life projects that affect the world around them.

Extracurricular activities include Accept No Boundaries. This program which grew out of NCCJ's Anytown and Unitown Camps. The group promotes better relations and understanding among students of different races, religions and cultures. Accept No Boundaries is involved in service projects such as Ringing Bells for Salvation Army, Watershed, and Rice Depot.

Each year a number of Parkview students attend several different Model U.N. competitions where issues of international concern are debated and solutions sought by those representing the nations of the world.

Parkview Quiz Bowl team always ranks high in the state tournaments and usually makes national competitions each year.

Key Club is a service organization that is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, which has a long tradition with Parkview students. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email the Social Studies Department chairperson at Carla.Jurgensmeyer@lrsd.org

Social Studies Department offerings ...

  • Civics
  • Pre AP Civics
  • World History
  • Pre-AP World History
  • U.S. History
  • Pre AP U.S. History *
  • Pre AP Economics
  • African American History
  • Psychology
  • AP Psychology *
  • AP Government
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP U.S. History
  • Psychology (semester)

Sociology (semester)
* All students who take AP courses must take the AP exams for this course to be counted as a college credit.

The Our elite social studies department includes...

Carla Jurgensmeyer, Department Chairperson
Teaches: AP Psychology (concurrent credit at UALR), Psychology (semester) and Sociology (semester). Sponsor of the National Honor Society.  In the summer she works as an AP Reader for AP Psychology and teaches Reading in the ACT Readiness program.
Education: BA, Psychology, Hendrix College; MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame; MEd, Secondary Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; National Board Certified Teacher.
Honors: Jurgensmeyer worked for nine years as a therapist and psychological examiner and taught English as a foreign language for four years in Thailand, Poland, and Argentina. She was Parkview Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2016.  She is also currently a member of the LRSD Innovative Social Studies Teacher Cohort.

Clay Bemberg
Teaches: Civics and World History
Education: BA Sociology University of Arkansas, MEd Sport Management University of Arkansas, EdS Educational Leadership Arkansas State

Kevin Christensen
Teaches: Photography I, II, III, and IV as well as Civics & Economics
Email:  kevin.christensen@lrsd.org
Phone:  501.447.2432
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education in History. Teaches: Civics, Photography
Honors: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; photographer, editorial/clinical and surgical documentation as well as portrait and product studio photography; computer imaging and digital, layout assembly and digital photo retouching.

Patrick Donovan
Teaches: US History, AP US History
Email: Patrick.Donovan@lrsd.org
Phone: 501-447-2427
Education: BA University of Arkansas; Currently working on MA History; University of Central Arkansas
Honors:Teacher of the Year, 2010 and 2015 (Felder and Parkview)   Young Independents Club

Chris Holland
Teaches: World and US History
Education: BSE Health and Physical Education from Henderson State
Coaching: Football Assistant
Experiance: 4th year teacher

Lauren Johnson
Teaches: Civics and PAP- Civics
Education: BA University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Major: History Minors: Social Studies, and Secondary Education

Julie Lamb
Teaches: Pre-AP World History, AP Human Geography
Education:BA History UCA, MAT UCA

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