Steven Gill

Steven is an accomplished educator and sociologist, who has taught social science, psychology, and debate on both the middle and high school level. They have won numerous awards for their empathetic, engaging teaching style, and currently coach debate on the national level. Steven is particularly interested in social equity.
Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Minot State University in 2017, where they were honored as the Undergraduate Sociology Student of the Year. Their academic interests spanned history, economics, and political science, providing a well-rounded foundation for their future endeavors in education and research.

Steven’s passion for teaching led them to further their education at Simpson College, where they earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2021. Their thesis focused on the critical examination of teacher preparation programs and their responsiveness to the needs of LGBTQ+ students, advocating for a more equitable school system. At Simpson College, Steven was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student, a testament to their dedication and scholarly excellence.

In 2023, Steven completed their second Master’s in Education with a concentration in trauma and resilience from Spring Arbor University. Their “Kindness as a Classroom Management Tool” thesis underscored their commitment to fostering supportive and empathetic learning environments. Throughout their career, Steven has been actively involved in professional development, presenting at numerous conferences on topics ranging from human rights to the intersection of artificial intelligence and gender constructs.

Steven currently teaches social studies in the Aurora Public School District in Colorado. Prior to this Steven served as a speech and debate teacher and coach at Kent Denver School, where they managed a successful debate team. Steven also has a lot of experience teaching online with students in remote locations and has built virtual curricula in sociology and psychology.

In addition to their teaching roles, Steven has contributed novel research to academic literature, including work on the LGBTQ+ community in education. Their work reflects a deep commitment to advocacy and education reform, aiming to create inclusive and supportive educational environments for all students.

Teaching Philosophy & Approach

School is often challenging for students and filled with stressors ranging from academic pressures to social dynamics. As an educator, I make my classroom a safe and supportive space where open and honest communication is the norm. My philosophy of education is an amalgamation of Marxism, Post-Modernism, and Queer Theory, focusing on the marginalized and the uneven distribution of power in society. This perspective influences my teaching methods and the content I choose to present to my students.

I believe that education has two main purposes: acquiring knowledge and perpetuating societal power structures. As a teacher, I empower students to challenge these power structures. In my classroom, I create an atmosphere that caters to diverse learning needs, offering both traditional and innovative setups. Each year, my classes revolve around different themes, such as the LGBTQ+ community or feminism, to encourage students to conduct in-depth research and understand societal dynamics. I aim to help students recognize and dismantle existing power structures by fostering an intersectional approach to education.

I incorporate flexibility and student choice in my assignments to make school a place where students feel valued and heard. For major projects, students have multiple options for completion, and I participate alongside them, allowing them to grade my work as I grade theirs. This approach makes learning more engaging and helps students see themselves as active participants in their education. My ultimate goal is to create a classroom environment where students are excited to learn, feel empowered to express their voices, and are equipped to challenge societal inequalities.

My ultimate goal is to create a classroom environment where students are excited to learn, feel empowered to express their voices, and are equipped to challenge societal inequalities.
Teaching Level:
  • Middle
  • High School
Teaching Type:
  • Tutoring
  • Learning Coach
  • Full-Semester Classes
  • Full-Year Classes
Teaching Subjects:
  • World History


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