Social Studies Spotlight

Social Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Head: Lara Bowen

My name is Lara Bowen and I currently teach 9th grade US and World Affairs and Honors US and World Affairs. I graduated cum laude from Reinhardt University with a bachelor’s in History and received my Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies Education from Georgia State University. My historical interests include World Geography, World History, and Current Issues. I also enjoy studying local Civil War era history and social movements in American History. I am a life-long Georgian and 18-year Cherokee County resident, with four daughters and five dogs. This will be my fourth year teaching at Sequoyah High School. Go Chiefs!! My teaching philosophy centers around understanding each student as an individual and striving to help them achieve their best. Feel free to contact me via email at

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2017: Brittany Wallace won one of the ten “Best in Fair” ribbons for her project “The Sheep or the Shepherd: How Social Norms Affect Adolescent Behavior” at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies’ North West Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair

Matthew Bartula

My name is Matt Bartula. I have been teaching at Sequoyah High School for 20 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Secondary Education and a MA in History. At Sequoyah, I teach AP World History and AP Human Geography. I also coach the Sequoyah Debate Team. Every year we participate in several national tournaments such as Wake Forest and Harvard. Contact me at

Sarah Williams

My name is Sarah Caponigro-Williams and I am currently teaching 10th grade Honors World History. I am an SHS graduate and happy to be a Chief again. This is my 3rd year at SHS. I transferred from Kennesaw Mountain High school where I taught Geography and Honors World History. I have lived in Cherokee my whole life, and have a Bachelors degree from Kennesaw State University in History Education. Previous to my teaching career, I was in the field of Information Technology as a database analyst, and am certified to teach Computer Science/Business as well. I am the girls Varsity soccer coach here at SHS and am thrilled to be back in the program that once played for when this school first opened in 1990. I live in the Hickory Flat community and I have 3 daughters who attend HFES and Dean Rusk Middle school. I am so excited to be a part of such a fantastic Chief community! You may contact me at

Jack Graber

My name is Jack Graber and I am currently teaching AP Government, American Government, and Honors U.S. and World Affairs. I currently hold a Masters in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have taught in Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, the country of Ecuador, and now Georgia. Sequoyah is a great school to teach at and I enjoy teaching the students and working with such a great group of faculty members and administrators. You may contact me at

Tony Hobbs

My name is Tony Hobbs and I am very excited to be joining the Chief family here at Sequoyah this year where I will be teaching 10th grade World History. I have been been teaching for the past 19 years, all in the state of Georgia. After spending my entire teaching career in south Georgia it is nice to up in the mountains. I received both my Bachelor and Master degree’s from Albany State University. Along with teaching i will be involved with coaching girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. I am married and have a 9th grade son and a daughter that is in the 7th grade. Contact me at

Travis King

My name is Travis King and I teach United States History and AP Psychology here at Sequoyah High School. I have been at Sequoyah for seven years and have been in the Social Studies department for the last three years. I received my BA from Kennesaw State University in the area of Social Science Education. I completed my MED at the University of North Georgia in the area of History Education. I am one of many teachers who was inspired by a handful of wonderful teachers that I had as a student and who all collectively inspired me to enter this wonderful and challenging profession. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am currently the head baseball coach for the Sequoyah Chiefs. My wife and I live in Woodstock with our dog Chloe. I am very proud to live and work in this community, as I take great pride in my profession and enjoy contributing to our school’s continued success. You may contact me at

Zack Lawson

My name is Zach Lawson and I am currently in my 5th year at Sequoyah. I have taught in the Special Education department for 4 years. I currently teach economics and US History. I received my bachelor’s degree in History Education from Kennesaw State University. I am currently completing my master’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies and will be finishing it before next school year begins. I am also in my third season as the varsity girls lacrosse coach. Contact me at

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My name is Andy Maxwell and I am teaching U.S. and regular U.S. History. I have been at Sequoyah for 21 years and love the community and students that I have the honor to teach. I have a bachelors degree from Emory and Henry College where I was awarded an Academic Scholarship. I won the academic letter for history in both high school and college. I received my Master degree at Jacksonville State in Education. I am originally from Southwest Virginia after graduation I moved to Florida to begin my teaching and coaching career. After 5 years in Florida I was glad to take the job at Sequoyah where I moved to Woodstock. Contact me at

Charles Patterson

My name is Chuck Patterson and I am teaching social studies at Sequoyah High School. I graduated from Western Carolina University in 2004 with a BA in Secondary Social Studies Education. I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta International Historical Honor Society. I have been teaching for 14 years as well as coaching. Contact me at

2017 Cherokee Tribune: Coach of the Year

Paul Peacock

With 16 years of teaching experience, I have taught at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, South Carolina (1999-2000), Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia (2000-2006), and of course, Sequoyah High School (2006-Present). I’ve taught geography/current issues, economics, Honors World and Honors US history, AP US history and AP European history. I also served as Education Director for the Augusta Museum of History where I trained docents (tour guides ) as well as creating special programs for the community and for school children at the museum. Currently, I will be teaching US history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia. My professional goals continue to evolve. I have a BA in history, a MA in History, and an EdS in curriculum and instruction. My dream is to obtain my PhD in History with an emphasis on Colonial history. My focus is to help my students not just memorize facts but to leave my classes with an appreciation of our shared history as a nation and have the tools to not only become better citizens but to empower them to make things happen and create positive change and reform for the future of our nation. I teach by example and encourage my students to respect themselves and others and always strive for excellence and responsibility. I firmly believe that the classroom should be an open and active environment. Students participate and guide their own methods for achieving the final goal; mastery/understanding of the topics. I believe by allowing them to take an active role in the learning process, I hope to help them develop a passion for learning and a desire to be all that they can be. Contact me at

  1. 1995 published a book Review in Journal of Third World Studies.
  2. 1998-1999 joint publication with Burke County Historical Society; Lost Communities.
  3. STAR Teacher (2010) Sequoyah
  4. Co-Sponsor of Model United Nations (Sequoyah)
  5. AP Reader College Board (2015 to Present)

Sean Sharrock

My name is Sean Sharrock. I have been in the field of education of over a decade. I teach regular economics and Advanced Placement Microeconomics. I also manage the website for SHS and am a SharePoint designer for the school’s intranet. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and value the investment found in education. I have a Bachelors in Finance and a Masters in Education from the University of North Georgia, a Master in Business from Kennesaw State University, and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum. I have served on district committees that have helped shape the district’s economics curriculum and use of technology. I have previously worked as a consultant for a web analytics firm. I hold teaching certificates in Economics, History, Political Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Business, and Marketing. I believe economics can help students make more informed decisions and help them live a more fulfilling life.  I have two beautiful girls and the best wife who is also a teacher in Cherokee County. Contact me at

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My name is Joe Veihman and I am teaching 10th grade World History and 11th grade US History, and also serve as JV boys basketball Coach. I currently hold an MAT in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in History from Georgia Regents University. This is my third year teaching, and my first at Sequoyah High School. I spent my first two years at Eastside High School in Covington, GA where I taught history and coached boys basketball. I grew up in Augusta, GA but have since landed in Canton, where I live with my wife, Kelsey, and my two boys Fisher and Dekker. I try to provide students with relevant, meaningful classroom experiences that enable them to be historical thinkers as opposed to just historical learners. Contact me at

Justin West

My name is Justin West and I teach 11th grade US History. This is my eighth year teaching history and third year at Sequoyah. Along with teaching I also coach football and basketball. I have always enjoyed learning about history and gaining an understanding of how certain events impact our daily lives. I received my Bachelors degree in Middle Grades Education at Reinhardt University. I also hold an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S. in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern University. I currently live in Canton with my wife, Briana and our two children, Couper and Annsley. You may contact me at

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