About Me

outside Parliament 2Hi. My name is Craig Divis and I am a high school History teacher in Bremerton, Washington where I teach World History and AP World History.  I earned my undergraduate degree in 2003 from Miami University with a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education with minors in History and Political Science, and my Masters degree from American Public University with a M.A. in History in 2017.

I have been teaching since 2003 and have been the fortunate recipient of several honors, including being honored as the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year.

I was awarded acceptance into the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program during the 2011-2012 school year. With this Fulbright, I traveled to South Africa to study the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa’s history, including how it is incorporated into school curricula, how teachers are covering it in their classes, and its impact in South Africa today and in the future.

I regularly update this blog, so check back regularly. I will be posting on how my research is going, conversations with teachers, students, and ordinary citizens, my thoughts, reflections, and insights on my experiences, as well as plenty of pictures and resources.

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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program’s Teacher Profile

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program website

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program website

Institute of International Education's Who We Are site

Institute of International Education’s Who We Are site

12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Craig,
    You’re blog looks great. I especially like all of the resources on books and films, including short summaries. I can’t wait to learn more and see more pictures.

  2. I can’t wait to settle in and read all of your blog posts. Can you post a couple pictures? It would be neat to have a visual of where you’re at.

    • Thanks for the post Shayna! I am putting some of my pictures on Flikr, and you can click onto it on the right side of the main page. Just scroll down and you’ll see one picture showing with the title “More photos”. Just click that and it should take you to my Flikr page.

      Cheers!
      Craig

  3. Hello Mr. Divis,
    Congratulations on your successes. I am interested in applying for the Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award and have some questions only some one who has been on the program could answer. I am a Latin Teacher who wants to incorporate more of Roman North Africa into the standard Latin curriculum. My capstone project would be in Morocco. Did Fulbright give you a stipend? My school will grant me a leave without pay. I am worried about making car payments and stuff like that stateside. Any advice you have on the process would be appreciated. Thank you, Rosina Khan rkhan@brebeuf.org – thank you and best wishes!

  4. Dear Mr. Divis,

    I have been browsing through the seemingly never ending stream of the anti- apartheid propaganda and I hope that you will be brave enough to point out (after having read my previous e-mail to you), that, since the abolishment of ‘apartheid’, there have been
    about three hundred thousand murders, most of them extremely brutal.
    This country has also had 70,000 (+-) rapes per annum since 1994, there by managing to get classified by Interpol, as the number one country world wide of rape.
    This country has also succeeded in obtaining a first class world wide as the country with the worst results in maths and science – not to mention the rotten system of education ….
    Ninety pecent of the municipalities are either not functioning or are bankrupt, but at least the ANC has recently admitted that they THOUGHT that they could govern this multi-racial, multi-cultural country!
    The problem therefore was not the so called terrible years of ‘apartheid’, which even the ousted ANCYL, Malema, longed for recently, the problem was in getting the Provinces to function and to get businessmen like Rhamaposa en Motsepe to develop their own cultures and expand and share their knowledge with the youth, instead of hording the money and their knowledge for themselves and their families as is the CULTURE of most of the black leaders …
    After all, this country, in all of its existance, has never seen as many murders or had as much brutal crime and anarchy as since the regime of the ANC .
    Nor had any of South Africa’s previous leaders, way back to Jan van Riebeeck, ever managed to obtain such wealth for themselves, @ the expense of the poor ….
    Yes, ‘apartheid’ especially practiced in brutalised form was certainly not correct, but it never realised the murders, the rapes or the general crime and savagery as currently experienced by everyone in this country.
    No doubt if the concept of a rainbow was understood and not mixed up with smarties, this country might succeed in getting the beautifull colours of a rainbow, a symbol of peace and a symbol of a contract that the Allmighty has with us. After all, did He not create the rainbow in different, never-changing colours?

    From the perspective of a cultural, Boere-Afrikaner aunty, whose family landed in the Cape of Good Hope in the 1670’s and survived the different onslaughts in this country, including that of Dingane and the British …

    Pieta

  5. hey Mr divis? how are you doing I have not seen you since the year you were awarded for teacher of the year. I miss your class

    • Ashley,
      Great to hear from you! Thanks for your comment. I am still at BFUHS and it is great being back after being in South Africa last year. What are you up to? I hope you are doing well.

      Cheers,
      Mr. Divis

      • I am doing good I am living out in oregon now. I am back in school online and I am working at chinook wonds casino at night. so I am doing very well. how was south africa?

      • Ashley,

        It’s great that you are living out in the Pacific Northwest. It is so beautiful out there. I lived out in Washington for a few months and I loved it. Although I am sure that you are sick of the rain and fog which seems to never end out there.

        I am really happy to hear that you are back in school online. That’s wonderful. Online education is certainly where so many students are moving towards now, and it is exciting because it allows learners to be flexible and independent. I am actually taking some training to be an online teacher now, and it is really interesting.

        South Africa was amazing! I was there research how the history of the country was being taught in schools and so I was working with teachers and a number of university professors. I learned a tremendous amount and really loved the culture of the country and living there. From boerwors to bunny chow, giraffes to zeebras, Sotho to Afrikaans, and rugby to cricket, it was an awesome experience.

        Take care Ashley, and good luck with your online classes.

        Cheers,
        Mr. Divis

  6. thats really cool mr divis. I wish you could be my teacher again I really enjoyed yoour class even though I was really shy. And it is beautiful out here so many nice places out here and yes the rain gets old sometimes but hey thats what came with moving out here 🙂 I am glad you had such a good time in South africa and I bet you told everyone in your classes about your axpieriance. I would really love to here more about it. When I get a chance I am going to sit and read your blogs when I am not working.

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