About Paul Blankenship

I teach middle school students about the world through geography and civics.  My tools include computer games such as MinecraftEdu and Civilization.*

I earned my National Board Certification in early adolescent social studies in 2010.  I hold a B.A. in history and religion/philosophy from Samford University as well as three masters degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity in psychology and Master of Arts in Christian education) and Louisiana State University (Master of Social Work in health and mental health).  I completed alternative certification in gifted education at LSU in Shreveport.  I completed several summer graduate courses at LSU in Shreveport offered through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and attended the Colonial Williamsburg Teachers’ Institute in 2009 with their generous support.

I began my teaching career at Hamilton Terrace Learning Center, the alternative high school for Caddo Parish, Louisiana.  I later transferred into the gifted education program at Caddo Middle Magnet School, the top-ranked public middle school in Louisiana.  After a decade at CMM, I moved back to Alabama to be near my parents in 2013.  I currently teach at Carver Magnet School in Dothan, Alabama.  Carver is known for innovative approaches in educational technology.

I enjoy leaning about and using technology.  I earned my A+ Certification as a computer technician in November 2013.  I served as part of the five-person team that configured 7,000 iPads for Dothan City Schools’ iConnect initiative in June 2014. I have taken credit classes on Alice, Python, Fortran, Basic, and C++ programming languages.  I used Lubuntu and Slacko Puppy Linux to run some decade-old PCs donated to our school with no hard drives.  I presented on Minecraft in Geography at the 2014 High Schools That Work (HTSW) conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am an enthusiastic educator seeking to network with peers who are passionate about advancing our field of endeavor through innovative practices and new technologies.



All opinions expressed on this site are my own, and not those of my current or former employers.

*Just to be clear, I do not own the rights to and did not create these games.  I have no formal association with the producers of these games except as a customer and fan.

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