​Social Studies Department

We believe the social sciences are essential to students understanding of themselves, their community, their country, and the world.  

Through the social sciences students develop skills that help them think critically and thoughtfully about issues so they can be more civically engaged and competent contributors to society.   

As a department, we are passionate about what we teach and encourage students to pursue their passions during high school and throughout life. 

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Social Studies

Graduation Requirements for Social Sciences:  

3 years (required- 1 semester Civics; 1 year U.S. History)

Course Offerings

See the Pine Creek High School Course Guide.

Meet the Social Studies Faculty:

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Ty Allen graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a Bachelor of Science in History with an emphasis in Education and is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Humanities with an emphasis in American History. He has taught Economics, World History, US History, World Geography, and AP Government. Prior to teaching, he was a firefighter. Ty enjoys exploring the outdoors, working out, and kickboxing.​


University of Northern Colorado logoBonnie Brown has been teaching Social Studies at PCHS since 2011.  She is a Pine Creek High School alumna.  Bonnie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where she received her Bachelor's degree in social sciences with an emphasis in secondary education, and minored in exercise science and coaching.  She then received her master's degree in Educational Leadership. She has coached both high school cheerleading and lacrosse.  Bonnie is married and has one child.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling anywhere coastal.

California State University Northridge logoShane Brown began his teaching career at Pine Creek in 2005. A transplant from California, Shane earned his degree in History and Social Sciences from California State University Northridge. He then pursued graduate school, earning his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Shane has taught everything from Freshmen Study Skills and World Geography, to World and U.S. History. However, he mostly specializes in American Popular Culture and Economics. Ultimately, Shane loves encouraging and inspiring kids through the learning process. Outside of school Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and growing family, playing and coaching golf, fishing, and traveling.


Grand Canyon University logoAngie Chatman has been teaching in the Social Studies department since Pine Creek opened in 1998. Prior to 1998, she taught social studies at Liberty High School.  She is a D20 graduate from Liberty High School.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and received her Master's degree from Grand Canyon University.  She enjoys teaching street law, civics, sociology and geography.  She is married and has two children. In her spare time, she and her husband love watching their kids participate in their sports.

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Russ Davie has been teaching at Pine Creek since 2012. Russ graduated with Honors from Cleveland State University in 2004, majoring in Integrated Social Studies and History. Russ has taught Geography, Civics & Government, Economics, World History, Ancient Civilizations, U.S. History, and AP European History since beginning his teaching career in 2008. Russ has two children, Isabella and Wesley, and enjoys coaching wrestling, hiking, camping, and fly fishing.


University of Colorado Colorado Springs logoDanielle Ford graduated from Friends University with a BA in History/Political Science and minor in Literature where she played soccer. She later received her master's degree in Education/Curriculum from UCCS. Danielle has coached high school cheerleading, soccer and tennis. Danielle has three kids and enjoys spending time with them outside being active and attending all of their activities.


Grand Canyon Square.jpgGrant Kisler teaches Social Studies.  Grant started working at Pine Creek in 2014.  Grant has taught a variety of social studies classes at Pine Creek including: World Geography, World History, U.S. History, and Civics and Law.  He grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).  In addition he is working towards a Master's in Teaching from Grand Canyon University (GCU). Prior to working at Pine Creek, he spent time as an intern with the Department of Defense, working at the joint base Hickam/Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  Grant thoroughly enjoys teaching, telling stories and making history come alive.  In his spare time, Grant enjoys running, climbing 14ers, snowboarding, ultimate frisbee, and playing ping pong.


Grand Canyon University logoLisa McCone has been teaching in the Social Sciences department since Pine Creek opened in 1998. Prior to teaching at Pine Creek, she taught in Salt Lake City for five years.  She is a Colorado native and earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master's degree from Grand Canyon University.  She is married and has two daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family outdoors. She is thrilled to be a Pine Creek Eagle!


Colorado College logoDavid Pelton-Cox has been a member of the Social Studies department at Pine Creek since 2005. He has taught Sociology, Civics, Native American Studies, Regular and Honors World History, Regular, Honors and Advanced Placement US History. He received his undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences from Regis University and his graduate degree from the Colorado College in Southwestern Studies. His classes are designed around 21st Century skills where he employs the use of technology in an innovative manner. He currently has the honor of announcing most of Pine Creek's varsity sports as well as playing music in a variety of different venues around Southern Colorado and New Mexico. 


Virginia Tech logoJoe Rausch started at Pine Creek in 2014. His favorite class to teach is AP US Government & Politics, but Sociology has become a close second. He graduated from Adams State University with a degree in History/Government and has a Master's in Political Science from Virginia Tech University. He coaches the men's basketball team at Pine Creek and thoroughly enjoyss being a part of the one of the best school's in Colorado.


University of Colorado Colorado Springs logoMatt Wibbels has been in education for more than 22 years during which time he's taught at Rampart and Doherty High Schools in addition to Pine Creek. Both of his children are graduates of Pine Creek High School. He has been a football coach at Pine Creek for 7 years and runs the Student-Athlete Leadership Council. In his free time he enjoys reading, camping, and playing golf.

AllenTy(719) 234-8658Ty.Allen@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
BrownBonnie(719) 234-8407Bonnie.Brown@asd20.orgTeacher
BrownShane(719) 234-8537Shane.Brown@asd20.orgTeacher
ChatmanAngie(719) 234-8486Angie.Chatman@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
DavieRuss(719) 234-6363Russell.Davie@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
FordDanielle(719) 234-8942Danielle.Ford@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
HogueThomas(719) 234-7266Thomas.Hogue@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
KislerGrant(719) 234-8243Grant.Kisler@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
McConeLisa(719) 234-8518Lisa.McCone@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher & Department Chair
Pelton-CoxDavid(719) 234-7271David.Pelton@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
RauschJoseph(719) 234-8259Joseph.Rausch@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher
WibbelsMatt(719) 234-7032Matt.Wibbels@asd20.org20Learn(Schoology)Teacher