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Department Chairs:

Tim Mulvehill - Curriculum & Instruction

Todd Osborn - Business & Materials

Tiffany Alexander Teacher / AVID Coordinator
Vahram Asorian Teacher
Marlene Boyd Teacher: US History Gd. 11
Christina Braswell Teacher
John Fast Teacher
Corinne Fernandez Teacher
Amanda Frost Teacher History/Social Science Dept. Head
Andrea Glenn Teacher
Leslie Gombrich Teacher/PEACE Lead and History/Social Science Dept Head
Sandra Gutierrez (562) 425-7441 ex: 4228 Teacher
Satinder Hawkins Teacher/QUEST Lead
Marlene Hines Teacher COMPASS
Paul Jenkins Teacher
Mary Massich (562) 425-7441 ex: 4548 COMPASS Lead / Social Science Teacher /
Gabriella Mercado MBA Lead; AP World History; Modern World History
Tim Mulvehill Teacher/History
Todd Osborn Teacher/History
Russell Rudman Teacher / QUEST Lead
Eric Slater (562) 425-7441 ex: 4216 Teacher
Emily Warner Teacher
~inactive ~account Teacher

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”--Winston Churchill


History Department


History Department Staff

The Golden Gavels Make It to Final Round in Mock Trial Competition

Golden Gavel Club
Under the leadership of Mr. Paul Flores, Millikan's law club (The Golden Gavels) made it to the final round of Mock Trial competition.  Despite being newcomers to Mock Trial (no one on the team has been competing longer than two years) the team beat out many more experienced teams. Although the team lost in the championship round, it was only by TWO POINTS! The final score was 412 to 414!

World War I Museum Brings History Alive

The History Department's Mary Massich & Gabby Mercado brought history alive with the annual World War I Museum. The evening showcased student research, and featured student performances of World War I era music and poetry. Artifacts and student artwork also brought the past alive. In addition to the impressive student research,  reenactors gave Millikan students and community members a sense of what life was like during the First World War.

Under the guidance of Mrs. Fernandez and Mrs. Wells, Millikan Economics students engage in the International Economic Trade Summit. The all day event culminates three months of study in economics. Students participate in an exciting simulation that required them to choose a country, conduct research about the country's economy, form alliances with other countries, debate trade issues, make improvements in health and education, and simulate the importing and exporting of the goods and services that would help improve their country's standard of living. The program is endorsed by the State Superintendent for the Teaching of 12th Grade Economics and aligned with both the state curriculum standards and the Common Core State Standards.

Working with historical documents, students construct and defend arguments about whether or not the Mongols were "guilty of the ruin and destruction of Eurasian civilization." This challenging project places a historical problem at the center of student learning in the AP world history class. Students work as researchers, attorneys, witnesses and jurors, engaging in historical thinking and having a lot of fun in the process.

Russ Rudman Earns Doctorate at USC


Beloved Millikan Government and Economics teacher, Russ Rudman, recently earned his Ed.D from USC's Rossier School of Education where he has been an adjunct professor of clinical education for several years. Dr. Rudman's doctoral research focused on Social Cognitive Theory in the classroom. His research yielded interesting findings about the important role of instructional aides for students with accommodation plans. His observations also revealed insights into unseen "micro-political" and "micro-social" transactions during independent student work. Congratulations to Dr. Rudman on this important milestone!

Leslie Gombrich Recognized as Outstanding Educator by NAACP

The NAACP recognized PEACE Academy teacher Leslie Gombrich  for being an inspiration to her students.  She was among 15 outstanding educators from LBUSD who were commended for going above and beyond for their students to ensure that every child receives a quality education. 

“Today we will honor and recognize outstanding educators who make a difference,” Naomi Rainey, NAACP Long Beach Branch President said in a letter issued about the event. “The teachers we honor today go above and beyond for our children and youth to ensure that every child receives a quality education.”

As a founding member of the PEACE Academy, Ms. Gombrich believes that, “cultivating academic success should not come at the expense of developing an ethical individual who wants to take his / her skills and go out into the world and make it a better place.”  As a U.S. History teacher, she continues to use history of women and groups of all colors, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to educate and empower her students to better themselves and the communities they live in. 

Drawing inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt’s edict that “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both,” Leslie empowers her students to take advantage of learning experiences she did not get in school. “Learning about the history of women and groups of all colors, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds empowered me,” she says. “ I wanted to take these stories and experiences and bring them to the students so they too would feel empowered to better themselves and the communities they live in.”

- Adapted from the article written by Lee Underwood, PEACE Academy Philosophy Teacher

Millikan Students Travel to Sacramento

AP US History Teacher, Tina Braswell, accompanied Millikan students to Sacramento where they interacted with state political leaders, learned about the political process and toured the capitol.

State Ranking Results

Millikan AP Teachers Earn Top Marks


Millikan AP World History, U.S. History, and English Literature courses rank among the top in the state in a recent review of passing scores.

About half of Millikan’s students take an Advanced Placement course in tenth through twelfth grades. Advanced Placement courses offer the opportunity to earn college credit if students pass a nationally-administered exam.

Millikan placed eighth in the state for raw number for all passing AP World History scores and number one for African-American and Latinos passing that particular test. The school placed fifty-first for AP English Literature for all students, and twelfth for African American and Latino pupils, according to a review of the data by Transforming Math and Science Education.

On the AP US History raw number of passing AP U.S. History tests, Millikan ranked fifty-first for all students and twelfth for African American and Latino students. The review placed schools regardless of size.

- Katie Hickox

Millikan Students Engage in Political Discourse

Millikan students participated in a school wide  Mock Presidential Election. The mock election was preceded by student led debates in which panels of students debated the merits of various domestic and foreign policy issues.

The History Department was pleased to welcome California State Treasurer John Chiang who delivered a campus address to students and faculty.  Thanks to the efforts of Millikan Government & Economics teacher Varo Asorian, Treasurer Chiang spoke to students about the importance of voting and about the current state of finances in California. This visit was an exciting part of our election year focus on civic engagement. We also hosted a campus-wide mock election in the fall, and an election night viewing event. 

Sophomores engage in research by identifying an issue of global significance, tracing the issue to its historical point of origin and proposing reasonable and achievable solutions. Components of the research project are completed in English, History, Science and Math classes, and are aligned with multiple academic disciplines and industry sectors.

History Department Helps Students Engage in Collaborative Conversations
Engaging in Collaborative Discussions

During recent professional development sessions members of Millikan's History/Social Science Department have discussed effective ways of engaging students in collaborative conversations. These conversations engage students in critical thinking by encouraging participants to defend their arguments using textual evidence. In addition to presenting to Millikan's History Department, world history teacher Emily Bishop also led professional development sessions for teachers across LBUSD.