Picture2Robert Moeller
Faculty Advisor
Bob has been the faculty advisor of the History Project since it was founded in 1999. Bob’s research focuses on the history of Germany in the twentieth century. He has worked on the reasons for the political collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis; the reconstruction of the West German state after 1945 with particular attention to policies regulating women’s labor market participation, maternity benefits, and family law; and the ways in which the memory of the Second World War and the Nazi period continued to resonate in Germany in the years after 1945. Bob is a frequent presenter at History Project seminars on subjects ranging from the French Revolution to post-1945 immigration to Europe. His work with the project has profoundly influenced his teaching at the university level, and his goal of creating “one big school house”—from K-24 and beyond—that includes teachers at all levels in California’s public education system.

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Nicole Gilbertson
Site Director
Nicole has been the Site Director of the History Project since 2007 and works with teachers in Southern California to promote history-social science education. She received her PhD in history with an emphasis on modern Europe and world history, while at the same time earning a secondary teaching credential in history-social science. Nicole is the author of academic articles on history education research and pedagogy and a history curriculum that combines current research, historical thinking, and academic literacy.


Erik Altenbernd
Academic Coordinator
Erik has been Academic Coordinator of the History Project since July 2016. He earned his PhD in history from UCI in March 2016 and has published articles on US, North American, and world history. During his time in the doctoral program at UCI, Erik also worked with the History Project and Humanities Out There program to develop US history lessons for high school teachers. Erik looks forward to building on this experience, as well as his background in postsecondary education, to develop curricula and professional development programs that promote historical thinking and academic literacy among the students of Southern California.

5Simon Fellowes
World History Teacher Leader and Project Coordinator
Simon Fellowes earned a BA with Honors in European History and English Literature at the University of Northumbria in England, and later went on to earn a Masters in Environmental Science with a focus upon education and communication, at Cal State Fullerton. Simon’s teaching career began in Japan where he taught English as a second language and then pursued work in the United States as a Field Programs Instructor for the OCDE outdoor education program. He then spent seven years in the Westminster School District and at Tarbut V’Torah Jewish Community Day School, where he taught both middle and high school history classes. Simon currently works at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School of Scotland in San Juan Capistrano, where he teaches World History classes in the Upper School. Simon joined the World History Project coordinating team in January 2007, and has greatly enjoyed his time working as a presenter, coordinator, and teacher-leader for the World History Institutes


Courtney Amaya
World History Teacher Leader and Project Coordinator 
Courtney has taught at her alma mater, Canyon High School for the past 14 years. As an active member of the Orange Unified School District, she has been involved with many different responsibilities over the years including: curriculum development, the authoring of district pacing guides and course descriptions, a member of Canyon’s Professional Development team, AP teacher, former Department Chair, WASC focus group leader, and the 2006 District Teacher of the Year.  Courtney began working with the World History Project in January of 2007 and continues to love her responsibilities as a teacher-leader for the World History Institutes.


Sara Jordan
Literacy Program Teacher Leader and Project Coordinator
Sara Jordan teaches World History and Advanced Placement World History at Segerstrom High School in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Her responsibilities have included curriculum development on state level and district level projects, creating district pacing guides and common core units. She has been an AP College Board Exam Reader and presented  at multiple Social Studies Conferences (CWHA, CCHE, AERA, CCSS). She was recognized by The California History-Social Science Project’s 25th Anniversary “Teacher Leader” Award.

thumbnail_arzate-headshot-croppedAnthony Arzate
World History Teacher Leader and Project Coordinator
Anthony Arzate is Teacher Leader for The History Project. He has taught world history at Wilson High School, a large, diverse campus in Long Beach, for seven years. In that position, he has helped over one thousand students succeed in the AP World History course and exam. He was awarded the Sar Desai Prize for best lesson on India and has been featured on the teachinghistory.org site, “Ask a Master Teacher.” A regular workshop presenter, he has also helped to organize the Sites of Encounter in World History summer institute and the India Book Club. Anthony is currently developing curriculum for two world history websites, including World History For Us All, a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA and has written an AP World Histury curriculum and pacing guide for Collegeboard.


Melinda Bungartz
Melinda Bungartz teaches sixth grade Social Science and English at Niguel Hills Middle School. Melinda is chair of the Social Science department, is a frequent presenter for UCI Common Core & History workshops and was Niguel Hill’s Teacher of the Year 2015-16.




Marian Hartje 
Marian Hartje has been a sixth grade middle school teacher in the Capistrano Unified School District for 25 years with humanities as a focus for her students.  For the past several years, she has taught the gifted and talented students at Niguel Hills Middle School.  She has a BS from Iowa State University and has been a part of the UCI Writing Project since 1997.   Outside school, she loves to read, cook, watch the sunsets, and most especially spend lots of time with her grandchildren.

amy-kristi3Kristi Peckham
Kristi Peckham has been with Santiago for twenty years.

Amy Hale
Amy Hale has been teaching US History at Santiago Charter Middle School for seventeen years.

Amy and Kristi  have been working together with the UCI History Project for nine years.  The History Project has helped keep their lessons fresh and Common Core ready.


Elizabeth Moore
Elizabeth Moore has been teaching at-risk youth for over ten years in the Newport-Mesa School District, which is also the district she attended K-12.  After participating in the Understanding American Citizenship Teaching American History Grant, she started working as a teacher leader with the UCI History Project in U.S. History, Economics, and American Democracy.