Social Studies

Aaron Hohl

Teacher

P: 515-242-8452 | E: aaron.hohl@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my 12th year teaching here at Lincoln, and my 2nd year teaching 20th Century World History. Previously I taught Special Education for 10 years. I am also the Boys XC Head Coach, and an Assistant Coach for Boys Track & Field and Girls Basketball.

Adam Arthur

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: adam.arthur@dmschools.org

Biography

Adam Arthur has taught social studies in the Des Moines school district in Des Moines, Iowa for five years where he currently teaches senior level Economics, Government, and Advanced Placement Government and Politics at Abraham Lincoln High School. He earned a B.A. in Social Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010.

Adam was a leading contributor on the Caucus 101 curriculum which was posted on the website of the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for teachers statewide to use during the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The curriculum utilized a rigorous student centered approach to engage students across the state in civic participation with an emphasis on the caucus process.

Adam has also worked as an instructional coach on the AP Government and Politics Knowledge in Action project which is a project of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Adam has utilized PBL in cooperation with the George Lucas Educational Foundation in attempts to allow equitable access and outcomes for all students in advanced placement coursework. He has specialized in developing and adapting curriculum for the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course which he has utilized in his class for the past five years.

Adam is also the 2016 recipient of the James Madison Fellowship for the state of Iowa. The fellowship, which is an award sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation recognizes individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and dog Aristotle. He also enjoys disc golf and being outside.

Christopher Dow

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: christopher.dow@dmschools.org

Biography

Aloha! I'm Mr. Dow. I was born in Des Moines and am a 3rd generation Lincoln high graduate ('88). As a young man, I earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Iowa ('93) and a master's degree in education at Drake University ('97). Since then, it's been my pleasure to teach at Lincoln for what has become 17 years now! I have a 24 year-old son named Alex and I spend my weekends rooting for the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes & of course, the Railsplitters!

Daniel Nizzi

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-8452 | E: daniel.nizzi@dmschools.org

Biography

I am here to chew bubblegum and teach Social Studies...and I'm all out of bubblegum. Educated here at Lincoln High School and at the University of Northern Iowa, where I've received my Master of Arts in Social Science. I love being here on the Southside where I was born and raised and plan to retire from Lincoln High School decades from now.

Joseph Bianchi

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: joseph.bianchi@dmschools.org

Biography

I am a graduate of Lincoln High School and Drake University. I have been teaching at Lincoln for 17 years. I teach AP US History, AVID, and Ambassadors. I live with my wife, 2 kids (ages 13 and 3), and dog in West Des Moines.

Matthew Heaston

Social Science Teacher

P: x3845 | E: Matthew.Heaston@dmschools.org

McKenzie Kennedy

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: mckenzie.kennedy@dmschools.org

Biography

I currently teach Economics, AP Human Geography, and AVID. I am passionate about traveling, reading, and enjoying life. When I'm not at school I like to spend time with my husband and daughter or work on homework for my Masters. I have been teaching at Lincoln for four years and received my degree from Iowa State University in 2013.

Scott Harrison

Social Science Teacher

P: x3837 | E: dennis.harrison@dmschools.org

Biography

Instructor for Government and Sociology

Victor Wickert

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: victor.wickert@dmschools.org

Biography

I am a graduate of Lincoln, 1974. I have an AA degree, BA in Pastoral Studies, BS in Secondary Education Social Sciences-all, from Drake and a MA-MFM, (master of arts in Marriage and Family) from Biola University in California.. I've worked with all kinds of students since 1978 in many capacities and still love the opportunity to help change lives. My greatest treasure is my 10 year old son who continues to impress me daily with his knowledge, manners and compassionate heart.

Vincent Schweiger

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: vincent.schweiger@dmschools.org

Biography

I earned a AA/AS from DMACC, BS from Upper Iowa, and MAs in Teaching Social Studies and in Behavioral Sciences from UNI. I love teaching all social studies classes - all history in particular.

My wife and I have one son and two grandsons. We love to travel and we live on a farm. I have a passion for antiques. I like designing houses and flying planes when I get free time. The rest of my time I spend with our pets and watching our grandkids play sports.