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Since I was a little girl, history has been in my blood, although being a historian was never my plan (I wanted to be an actress). Growing up I was fascinated with Abraham Lincoln and the untimely passing of such a prominent public figure. I loved every trip to the Chicago Historical Society (known today as the Chicago History Museum) as a child. I enjoyed reading about the Puritans and the Native American culture.

At this point I'm comfortable classifying myself as a historian although it took me awhile to get to this point in my life. In 1999, I received my B.A. in History from Loyola University Chicago and in 2002, I received my M.A. in Public History from the same school. I then went on to earn my Ph.D. in American History from Northern Illinois University in 2011.

I teach college history online full time and I have taught numerous survey and upper-division American history classes at local “traditional” colleges and universities. When I teach, I don't necessarily focus on the facts of history, but on the larger transitions. I want students to understand how history has changed over time. I also try to convey to students that history can be fun to learn.

In my personal life, I am the mother of two small children and I have been married for fifteen years. I workout regularly, but I also enjoy being a couch potato. I love being with my kids and husband. Oh and I love Doctor Who! I also enjoy spending time with my friends, debating current issues, history, and historiography.

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Cheryl’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Bachelor in Arts, History

Graduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Master of Arts, Public History

Graduate Degree: Northern Illinois University - Doctor of Philosophy, American history


spending time with my family and friend, debating current issues, and history

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

College Level American History


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American History


Social Studies

US History


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