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You are now reading the welcome page to the "greatest teacher ever" as reviewed by my former students. I am Michael Schellhammer, one of the social studies teachers at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, now in my 5th year of teaching.King John's Castle (Irish: Caisleán Luimnigh) is a 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. I have traveled to Europe, lived in Ireland (4 months) and Pittsburgh (9 years), researched the Pyramids and written numerous blogs on historic and religious topics. I am a 6th generation Johnstown native.
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I love being a teacher of social studies and writing, for numerous reasons. The first reason I love being a teacher is the opportunity to impart my knowledge to the future leaders, writers, journalists, and citizens of this world. I know that I have the skills to patiently guide these young people through the issues of their teenage years.
The second reason why I love being a teacher is my LOVE for the subjects I teach. In my career, I have taught about ancient civilizations, ancient myths, American history, British literature, Shakespeare, Romanticism, the economies of sub-Saharan Africa, THE AVENGERS, obscure cultures, geography, and American politics.
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The third and best reason why I love being a teacher is the opportunity to share my faith with young people. I spent over 2 years working with the youth in the West Hills of Pittsburgh, as a part of my church's youth program. I am uniquely knowledgeable about the various problems that influence the students that come into my classroom.
I know that by sharing my faith, and God's love, I can guide all young people into a better understanding of God, His will, and how that should influence their actions and their feelings. Faith is the one thing that confirms all of my work to be a teacher. I truly believe that no other career would fulfill my life, like teaching.

Other Responsibilities...
Scholastic Quiz
I am the coach/moderator for the Bishop McCort Scholastic Quiz team and have been for all my years at McCort. Our season starts in mid-September and extends to mid-November. We play in the West-Central Scholastic Quiz League, which includes schools like Westmont, Richland, and Somerset. In the Fall of 2014, our team went to the championship, falling to Penn Cambria. Our lead scorer, Noah Huffman, would achieve Salutatorian, and another one of our players, Annu Suresh, earned the honor of Valedictorian for the class of 2015. In the Fall 2015 season, we sadly missed the playoffs by 1 win. Our best player, Sarah Nagy, was 8th in the league in scoring and a top 10 student at graduation. Another one of our players, Dan Beahr, was 3rd in the class and is now attending West Virginia University. For the 2016-2017 season, we finished with a regular season record of 6-0! In the playoff rounds at Richland Jr/Sr High School on November 16th, we lost in the first round to the eventual champion Somerset. I am excited to begin a new season of Scholastic Quiz for 2017-2018!
Key Club
I am the faculty advisor for the Bishop McCort Key Club. Link to the Key Club Page
Model United Nations
A renewed effort this year is being put into starting a Model U.N. club here at BMCHS. Model U.N. gives students an idea of the issues that influence foreign policy for the United States, as well as how issues influence decisions and actions made by other nations. Model U.N. organizes students into teams, who then are given a country to represent. They are given a global problem and are tasked with using information about their given country to solve it, with the help and cooperation of other teams/nations. The Fall of 2017 will see meetings with interested students, club practices, and hopefully a regional tournament!
International Program Coordinator
My newest responsibility is as Bishop McCort's International Program Coordinator. This involves working with the international students, making their experience at BMCHS a positive one. I work to place students with host families, coordinate travel, and keep up the lines of communication between the students, host families, and the students' families. Link to my International Program Coordinator page.


Happy Election Day!!! Exercise your right to vote! Remember that the government only has the power which we give it. Choose the candidate you think will best serve our country, for the betterment of all!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Speech - I Have A Dream

(Chapter 16)
Speech was given at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 
Discussion on the segregation and discrimination faced by people of color across the U.S. in the 1960s. This speech led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving civil rights and anti-discrimination rules the power of law.

Scholastic Quiz Results

The Scholastic Quiz teams were in action against Richland last night at Richland. The Junior Varsity wasted no time in the contest, taking the first several questions, and keeping up the pressure for the entire match. Emma Ellsworth paced the group, with Connor Coyle and Meghan Smitherman contributing many of the toss-up points. The wealth was also shared with Mikayla Eckenrod, Rachel Nagy, and Luke Tercyk (making his first appearance this season) lending some points to bring the win home.
SCORE: BM 29, R 16
The Varsity Scholastic Quiz team picked up where the JV left off. Bryce Kramer paced the varsity attack, punishing the Richland Squiz team. The team was awarded many of their bonus questions, with Andrew Massoud, Matthew Gaborek, Nathan Kindja, and Jacob Corona contributing toss-up answers. This match saw the first entry of Matthew Petrosky on the Varsity team. He was vital to many bonus questions. The Squiz Crushers never looked back from their first half lead...
SCORE: BM 66, R 28
NEXT MATCH: October 31, 7:20 against Blacklick Valley, at Richland High School - LGI Room

Dreaming in Different Tongues: Languages and the Way We Think

Hour and a half long video with professors and academics, including actor John Cho, talking about how being bilingual or multilingual can shape our realities. Chapter 2 for Culture.

How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think

Quick video from Lera Boroditsky on how language can shape our reality and culture. Chapter 2 Discussion