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Meet Mr. Rappaport

Hey Everyone!
My name is Peter Rappaport and this is my 3rd year at Adams Middle School (my 5th year teaching overall). I teach 8th Grade U.S. History (both honors and non-honors) as well as #TrendingNow which is a current event elective. The thing I love about teaching both of these classes is the ability to dialogue with students and helping them to form their own understanding of the events of the past and present. This year I'm also coaching the girls soccer team and look forward to a successful season and beating our competition.
When I'm not in classroom teaching I have a wide variety of things that keep me busy (besides my grading and lesson planning). At the end of the day, I'm usually running around my neighborhood with my amazing dog Charlie, at a boxing class, or in the kitchen cooking. I am also an outdoors and live concert enthusiast from surfing and skiing to checking out my favorite bands and the amazing venues throughout Los Angeles. Naturally, with my love of cooking, means that I also spend a fair amount of time looking for the next best restaurant to dine at.
It is my belief that the best way to prepare my students for the world around them is to challenge them and to push them to think critically, from multiple angles, before approaching any event or situation that we may discuss in the classroom. Through this I believe that they will leave my classroom stronger than they came in, and seeing that growth over the course of a school year is probably one of my favorite things about teaching. I'd be a fool if I didn't say that Hamilton has completely re-shaped how I approach teaching the American Revolution and only wish this was written when I was in school. As a music enthusiast I try and find ways to bring music of the past and present in to the classroom to build great understanding. 
I am looking forward to teaching and helping to make your children stronger, more passionate members of society.