Zach Lipman, the AP United States History teacher at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, has a great passion for history, which he has been sharing and engaging his students with for the past 10 years. His personal teaching philosophy focuses on the idea that students need to look at history with multiple perspectives, so they can analyze the past and understand the country they live in today. He earned his History degree from UC Davis, and then completed his CLAD credential and earned his Master’s in History from CSU East Bay. He started teaching in 2001 at College Park High School, where he taught US History, World History, Government, AP US History, and Economics. In his last year there, 2005, he was selected to speak at the senior class graduation, which was one of his most memorable events in his teaching career. Also, in 2005, he was fortunate enough to transfer to Foothill High School where he has taken over the AP United States History courses and has an 88% passage rate on the AP exam over the last 3 years. Zach was also awarded the Golden Apple Award in 2010 by Foothill students from the Church of Latter Day Saints for inspirational teaching and dedication. While he loves reading history books and teaching, he also loves basketball and has coached 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball at Hart Middle School and freshmen girls basketball at Foothill High School, as well. He is excited to share his passion for history with the students at Mill Creek Academy.