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

Trevor Robbins has been teaching for 15 years now and is married to a wonderful and intelligent woman named Donna. They have a daughter, Kaya, who just turned 12 and has started the seventh grade at Manitou Springs Middle School. Trevor and his family are originally from Oklahoma and moved up the pass to Chipita Park in July of 2018. Trevor loves to hike, bike, generally explore, and really loves live music that is interesting. Trevor has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master's in Secondary education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Trevor has taught many subjects, but has always had a United States History class. He loves learning new things about his students and about the world.

Jessica Avery  is the American Government and Sociology teacher this year at MSHS. She earned her bachelor’s in history from the University of Toledo and her master’s in educational studies from the University of Michigan. She has credentials in trauma-Informed Practice (TIP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and English as a Second Language (ESL). She was a competitive swimmer for fifteen years and a two-year captain of her college team. Jessica is very excited to join the team at MSHS and to live in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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.

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