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Subjects Taught
Current Issues, Diversity Studies, Psychology 1, Psychology 2, Sociology 1, Sociology 2

Education

Bachelor of Science - Communications, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Master of Business Administration - Western Illinois University

Teaching Certification - Western Illinois University

I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach psychology, sociology, U.S. and World history, economics, middle school social studies, and middle school business.



Experience

Manteno High School, 2004-present, High school teacher (sociology & psychology)

Galesburg High School, 2001-2004, substitute teacher

Knoxville Junior High School, 2001-2004, substitute teacher

Western Illinois University, Spring, 1995, Adjunct instructor (marketing)

I worked in management for various cable television and cellular phone companies from 1980 - 2000. Prior to that I worked as a broadcast journalist in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for various television and radio stations including a stint as a weather anchor for WTHI in Terre Haute, Indiana and as a field reporter for WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 



Bio
Psychology, Sociology & Diversity Studies at Manteno H.S.

Welcome to the Sociology, Psychology & Diversity Studies web site for Manteno High School, Manteno, Illinois.

I am your instructor, Mr. Zhorne (pronounced "zor-nee").

Everything you could ever want to know about my classes is on this web site.

Sociology, Psychology, Diversity Studies and Current Issues are part of the Social Sciences Department at Manteno High School. 

Classroom location: Room S-12



Some info about Mr. Zhorne, in case you have a passing interest...

Education

    B.S. - Communications, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    M.B.A. - Western Illinois University

    Teaching Certification - Western Illinois University

I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach psychology, sociology, U.S. and World history, economics, middle school social studies, and middle school business.

This is my 12th year teaching at Manteno High School. Previously, I was in management in the cable TV and cellular phone industries for over 20 years. When I first got out of college I was a radio and TV reporter at various stations in the Midwest. 

As a young man I never saw myself as a high school teacher, but now I kick myself for missing out on this career opportunity until so late in life. Teaching is the most fun a person could possibly hope to have. I am constantly amazed at the abilities of our students and get excited whenever they learn something new. Being associated with MHS, the administration, faculty, and especially the students has been the highlight of my career. One of my students recently asked me why I am so happy all the time. How could I not be happy being around a great bunch of kids doing a job I absolutely love?

One of my favorite activities is to attend MHS sports. I make a special effort to attend the girls volleyball and basketball games (often, I am running the scoreboard and announcing the game) because they need fans just as much as the boys do, but I love going to all high school sports and I get to as many games as possible throughout the school year.  Go Panthers! I have been privileged to assist with the MHS Varsity Baseball  program for the past several years.

I am married and have 4 children. All four of the kids are adults and while they left for college, careers, and marriage they somehow ended up coming back! They will never leave!!! My hobbies include amateur radio. I am licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to communicate on the radio frequencies set aside for the hobby. My government issued call sign is K9BAZ and I have been extensively involved in storm chasing and emergency management for over 25 years as a service to my community. I also enjoy learning about computers, playing the saxophone, fishing, trapshooting (when time permits) and attending tons of high school sports. I also have a private pilots license. I am a life-long Green Bay Packers fan from growing up in Green Bay, and I absolutely love baseball and I am a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

My favorite research areas are the history of the Cold War, WWII, the German P.O.W. experience in America during WWII, espionage, cryptology and real-life spying. With the end of the Cold War and the opening of the former Soviet Union we have learned a great deal about the things we only thought we knew. History is never static and is always evolving with every new discovery.