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Michael Woods

Social Studies

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Class Room Number:

Room 117

About Me

Educational History:

  • Garden City Senior High School                        H.S.  Diploma                                                            Class of 1993                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Butler County Community College                   Associates of Arts                                                      Class of 2013                                                                             Major in Secondary Education               / Honors                                                                
  • Wichita State University                             Bachelors of General Studies                                          Class of 2016                                               Community Affairs, Anthropology  / Sum Cum Laude
  • Fort Hayes State University                         Masters of Arts in Education (currently working to completion in 2022)

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Member of Pi Gamma Mu                                                    Honor Society in the Fields of Social Sciences 
  • Member of Phi Alpha Theta                                                 Honor Society in the Field of History
  • Member of National Society of Leadership & Success    Honor Society for Student Success
  • U.S. Chess Federation                                                        Certified Local Coach 

Professional Development:

  • Certified education with the Classcraft learning platform 
  • Certified MS education Innovator
  • Certified Minecraft in the Classroom 
  • Certified Scholastic Chess Coach USCF 
  • 2020 MACE Education Technology Conference 
  • 2020 American Battlefield/ Virginia Tech Teacher Institute 
  • 2020 OEC Project Conference
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute American Revolution, and Colonial America Coursework 
  • Google for education coursework 

Current Position:

I began my career in the field of education in 2011, working for the Derby School district. Prior to this, I was an operations manager for Darden Inc. and was part of a team that opened several successful units, including the training of staff for our then second international location in Dubai. 

I was excited for the opportunity to join the Belle Plaine Middle School team in 2019 as the 7th & 8th grade Social Studies teacher. In addition to teaching my core subject areas of Geography, Kansas History, and American History, I started and coach our after-school Middle School Scholastics Chess program. I am currently our middle school scholars’ bowl team coach and am an assistant track and field coach, working with jr. athletes on distance running events. 

Previous Position:

  • Darden Inc., Operations Manager
  • USD# 260  Derby Latchkey Program Director
  • USD#260 Long-term Middle/High School Teacher 
  • USD#260 Scholastic Chess Coach/ Swaney Elementary School 


Family Information:

I have happily married for 20+ ​years to my wife Sheryl Woods. She working in education as well, in the Derby School District. We have one daughter, Brooke, who is 24 years old, who lives in Iowa. We reside with three small, yappy, little dogs, who spend their days protecting our home from rogue squirrels and failing to understand personal space. 

Michael Woods

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