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PEACE 11th Grade Core Teachers

Ms. Gombrich - PEACE Lead Teacher, United States History Honors, Regular and AP 


Mrs. Jain - American Literature Honors and Regular, AP Language


Dana Meves - Chemistry and AP Chemistry

Millikan Peace Academy Teacher Leslie Gombrich Recognized as Outstanding Educator by NAACP

On Sunday May 17th, at the NAACP 2015 Teacher Recognition & Appreciation Program, PEACE Academy teacher Leslie Gombrich was honored 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. 

The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP hosts this program each year to recognize and show appreciation to teachers. They believe it is extremely important to support teachers and to promote the value of education. The NAACP also believes it is important for all stakeholders of the community to applaud teachers for work they do educating our youth so they can participate in and attain their vision of the American Dream.

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.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens. They united to respond to injustice that many Americans confronted solely because of race. The NAACP remains the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, and continues to focus on the major efforts to increase voter empowerment, educational excellence, and individual responsibility creating economic and social pathways to develop young leaders.

11th grade

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11th Grade Cross Curricular Project (English and History)

English 5-6:  Students have read, annotated, analyzed various essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  After gaining an understanding the Transcendentalists arguments about the value of nature, material success, industrial progress, students engaged in collaborative conversations regarding the relevance and urgency of these issues today,  They will be researching a current environmental issue of choice in their teams, bringing in multiple perspectives, gathering reliable and valuable information using note-cards.  After discussing the issues at hand, the group will write an article on the selected issue.  


US History:  Students have learned about the causes and effects of industrialization.  They learned about the pros and cons of monopolies and political machines.  Students are currently researching problems specific to their Interest Group such as farmers, immigrants, industrial workers, African Americans, Mexican-Americans and American Indians.

Leslie Gombrich NAACP
Leslie Gombrich NAACP

Honors and Regular United States History

Students are learning about social, political and economic issues in America from 1870's through 1900.  They chose to be an Interest Group from that time period such as farmers, industrial workers, American Indians, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, immigrants or monopolists.  Students are working with the chromebooks to research their issue then come together and rank the problems their groups were experiencing.  Then, students will choose one issue and write a petition to solve that issue.  Interest Groups will present their petition to "Congress" and field questions from the class.  I will choose ONE petition from each class that will become a law.  That group will receive Late Passes.

AP United States History

Students have been working in Period 4 (1800-1848).  They learned about presidents from Jefferson through Jackson in regards to domestic and foreign policy.  We have looked @ the changing national identity and traced Jefferson's belief in state's rights, strict constructionalist view of the constitution, and a nation based on yeoman farmers versus Hamilton's view of a strong central government, federally funded infrastructure, a protectionist tariff, a national bank and an urban nation of industry.  Students have traced the continuities and changes of women, American Indians and African Americans.  We learned about the causes and effects of the Market Revolution and the 2nd Great Awakening.  Students are currently covering the Reform Period of the 1830's and 40's.

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