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.
Instructor for Government and Sociology
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.
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.