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Travis Hermstein

Social Studies Teacher / ACC Adjunct Instructor

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About Me

Educational History:

Iola High School Graduate 1989

Iola, Kansas

20th Year of teaching Social Studies - 15th at Iola High School

15th Year as an Adjunct Instructor for ACC


Degrees and Certifications:

Psychology of Learning Certificate – Emporia State University – 2019

MS.- Emporia State University - Education Leadership Prek - 12 (Building Level Certification) - 5/2014

MA.-  Emporia State University - American History - 8/1998

BS.Ed - Pittsburg State University - Secondary (7-12) Social Studies - 5/2000

BA - University of Kansas - Slavic Languages and Literature - 5/1994

Professional Development:

Workshops Attended:

  • Civic Participation Workshop
  • President Eisenhower Weekend Workshop
  • 1st Amendment Workshop
  • Spanish American War Workshop
  • Teachers to Teachers Workshop 2009

Current Position:

Began teaching career in 2000. I am in my 20th year of teaching Social Studies.

I have been in USD 257 for 16 years. I grew up in Iola and graduated from IHS in 1989.

2019-2020 Class Schedule:

  • 1 Hour: ACC American History 108 (America to 1877); 2nd Semester: ACC American History 109 (America since 1877) (11th Grade)
  • 2 Hour: ACC World History 121 (Western Civ I) ; ACC World History 122 (Western Civ II) (10th Grade)
  • 3 Hour: ACC Sociology 102; 2nd Semester: ACC General Psychology 109 (11/12 Grades)
  • 4 Hour: Amerocan History (11th Grade)
  • 5 Hour: American History (11th Grade)
  • 6 Hour: Plan Period
  • 7 Hour: ACC American Government 111 (PoliSci); ACC American Government 112 (State & Local Government (11/12th Grades)

*ACC courses are dual-credit. 

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Other Teaching Experiences:

  • Adjunct Instructor 2000 - present (ACC)
  • 2009 Teachers to Teachers Exchange Program in Andreapol, Russia.
  • Iola High School History Bowl Sponsor - Competed in National History Bowl Competitions in Washington, D.C. in 2012 & 2013
  • 2011 USD 257 Teacher of the Year
  • Various Committee Assignments - CIAC, SS Sac, S3
  • Chairman of the Social Studies Curriculum Committee 2012 - present - Aligned to Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards


Family Information:

I am married to my best friend.  My wife Melanie and I met at KU and she is a Medical Technologist at NCRMH. We have a son who graduated from IHS in 2015 and currently attends the University of Kansas.

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I am an avid sports fan. College football and college basketball make Saturday's in the fall the best time of year. My family and I like to travel. Our goal is to see every national park in the United States.

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