The Historical Perspectives Department provides students with a deep appreciation of the world. This is accomplished by examining different peoples and different areas of the world, from early civilization to the present day.
The curriculum requires students to use their creativity, skills, and abilities to go beyond the facts presented and to ask questions and look for answers that will provide them with a real understanding of the material.
Content for the Historical Perspectives classes will include:
The Historical Perspectives curriculum requires the following elements each semester:
TAPA Historical Perspectives Team
David Sousa, Upper School Historical Perspectives Instructor and Dean of Students
David holds a Bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in education from Rhode Island College. In addition to classroom teaching, David also has administrative and educator mentoring experience. David truly loves teaching history and being part of the TAPA Ensemble. He strives to make it fun and interesting for all of his students by using a wide variety of creative instructional strategies and incorporating the arts whenever possible. When not in school he enjoys spending time with his family, learning more about historical events, being a Freemason, playing drums and doing construction projects around the house.
Mike McGuigan, Lower School Ethnic Studies Instructor
Michael McGuigan (Mr. Mike) teaches lower school Historical Perspectives at TAPA. Mike has an MAT from Brown University and an MA in Philosophical Theology from Andover Newton. He wrote his thesis on Nietzsche's Philosophy of History. In 2009, Mike co-wrote with Dr. Jeff Fifield, The Beauty of the Experience: AI Principles in Action, published in the AI Practitioner. Prior to joining the TAPA ensemble, Mike served for ten years as a teacher in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. During his time overseas he taught high school British Literature, high school World History, Middle school Humanities, and an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class. Mike has directed over 13 middle and high school plays and, early in life, worked painting murals in schools, hospitals, and public buildings. When not teaching Mike enjoys rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, and being with his family.
Kevin Cordeiro, Lower School Historical Perspectives Instructor and Academic Dean
Kevin is excited to be part of the TAPA Ensemble and the Historical Perspective and Lower School teams. He received his BA from Rhode Island College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in History focusing on the new cultural history of the Latin and Lusophone world. This cultural focus intertwines the arts into the history of the people of the world, and delves into how the arts represent and effect society. Outside of teaching and history, Kevin works on restoring cars and motorcycles. He has grown up as a fan and now is an (amateur) creator of pop culture, comics, and horror.
If you want to learn more about Mr. Cordeiro, check out the mini-documentary that TAPA Film Major Aydan S (Class of 2020) made about him here.