James DeVries of San Marcos High School Named County Distinguished Educator

James DeVries, a 12th-grade government, economics and history teacher at San Marcos High School in the Santa Barbara School District, was named 2010-11 Santa Barbara County Distinguished Educator by County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone during the monthly meeting of the county board of education on June 10. … He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Westmont College and received his credential from Chapman University. When he started teaching at San Marcos, after a year at Santa Ynez High, there was only one section of AP Government and none of Economics. The first year that he was able to teach an AP Economics class, 33 of his 34 students passed the AP exams. There are now three sections of both AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomic, in addition to AP Government. more

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