Social Studies

Manitou Springs High School offers American Government, Economics, World History, AP World History, United States History, AP United States History, AP Psychology, and Sociology.

Social Studies Department Staff

Tobias Partridge - Toby Partridge teaches US History, AP Psychology, and Sociology. He began his teaching career in Würzburg, Germany. Shortly after returning to the US, he taught for three years at his alma mater, Pine Creek High School, in Colorado Springs. Mr. Partridge took a hiatus from education to teach technology skills and photography in the private sector. He fell in love with Manitou after moving here about four years ago and jumped at the chance to teach in this incredible historic community. In typical Manitoid fashion, he enjoys hiking, climbing the Incline, and spending time in his 100+ year-old cabin (which, he likes to point out, is smaller than his classroom). Mr. Partridge is passionate about exploring the intersection between STEM subjects and the humanities. He loves sparking thoughtful conversation and debate, and encouraging his students to think critically and ask questions.

Sam Duff  - Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sam Duff has lived in Colorado for the majority of his life. He recently graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and is completing his masters degree in Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University this fall! He was captain of the Cornell College men's soccer team and was a 4-year starter. He currently teaches U.S. History and Foundations of Social Studies courses and is the assistant coach of the boys soccer team. Some of his hobbies include cooking, hiking, fishing, playing sports, and spending time with friends and family. He grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and loves to hike at the local Horsetooth Falls Trail! His favorite way to spend a weekend include playing with his 2 dogs, Sassy and Brady. He highly encourages his students to apply what we're doing in the classroom, into their every day life.

Lawrence Housely -  I originally earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cincinnati, where I am originally from. I moved to Colorado 10 years ago soon after receiving my degree. After arriving in Colorado, I began working as a climbing guide and instructor where I took clients into the hills and mountains to learn about rock and ice climbing along with mountain safety and mountain travel. Following this, I soon realized I wanted to move my career in education into the classroom. I have since gotten married, earned my teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Education at UCCS, and bought my first home in Colorado Springs. During my four years in the classroom, I have taught Economics, U.S Government, World History, and American History. Although I still have a passion for the outdoors and climbing, most of my teaching is done in the classroom now which I enjoy just as much.

Brian Brown is entering his 17th year of teaching at Manitou Springs High School after serving in Wisconsin, Arizona and Illinois making a grand total of 33 years in education. Presently he is teaching AP World History, World History and U.S. History. Brian has also served as a coach for football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and baseball logging 58 seasons on the field or hardwood.