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Social Studies

Mr. Switala



Social Studies




Plagerism Guide



The following is a list of courses offered in the 2015-16 School Year:

  • ISB American Cultures 9
  • ISB American Cultures 9 Advanced
  • ISB Honors American Cultures 9
  • ISB American Cultures 10
  • ISB American Cultures 10 Advanced
  • ISB Honors World History/Multicultural Studies
  • World History/Multicultural Studies
  • Hybrid World Cultures/Multicultural Studies
  • Psychology
  • Hybrid Psychology
  • AP Psychology
  • Economics
  • Hybrid Economics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • Law and Government
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP United States History
  • CIHS Shaping of the Modern World 



Mr. Brown

B.S. in Secondary Education (English and Social Studies), Duquesne University

M.S. in General Education, Duquesne University

Who's Who Among American High School Teachers

Certificate of Honor - St. Vincent College Great Teacher Recognition Program


Mr. Copetas

B.A. in History and Political Science, Duquesne University

M.A. in Political Science, Duquense University

M.A. in Education, Duquesne University

CFF Coach

Cyber Instructor

Director of the Virtual Academy  


Mr. Crimone

B.S. Secondary Education (Social Studies), Duquense University

M.A. in Educational Studies, Duquense University


Mr. Harhai

B.A. in Education (Comprehensive Social Studies), University of Pittsburgh

First Responder Certification

West Homestead Borough Councilman

Assistant Chief and President - West Homestead Volunteer Fire Department

Catholic War Veteran's Teacher of the Year (1991)


Mrs. Heffley

B.A. in History, University of Pittsburgh

M.A. in Education (Instructional Technology), Duquesne University

Studied abroad in Madrid, Spain (1 semester)


Mr. Kirby

B.S. Secondary Education (Social Studies), Penn State University


Mr. Lucas

B.A. in Pyschology and Political Science, Duquesne University

M.A. in Education (Secondary Social Science), Duqeusne University

2010 Great Ideas Grant Recipient

College Board Certified - Economics

SAP Certified


Mr. Sivitz

          B.A. in History and Sociology, University of Pittsburgh 

          PA Teacher Certification, Instructional Leadership, Robert Morris University


Mr. Stefko

B.A. in American Studies, Notre Dame

M.A. in Education (Social Studies and Mathematics), Duquesne University


Mr. Switala

B.S. in Secondary Education (Social Science), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.A. in Education (Instructional Technology), Duquesne University

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