My name is Josh Aranda and this is my ninth year teaching high school Social Studies. This 2019-2020 school year is my eighth year at Cleveland High School.
I graduated from high school with high honors and attended UNC Charlotte on a Teaching Fellows Scholarship, where I obtained my B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education. My passions include learning (particularly history of course), teaching, genealogy, photography, and travelling. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). In addition, I have visited 33 of our 50 great states. This summer I planned a two week trip to Hawaii.
I speak fluent Spanish as I was born into my father's large Latin family--the majority of whom live in Honduras, a country in Central America. I have 5 uncles, 4 aunts, and 25 first cousins on my dad's side alone! My mother's side of the family are Anglos and we have roots tracing back to Colonial Jamestown and Plymouth Colony. I am deeply proud of both my Hispanic and American heritage.
When I am not busy I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my cat, Leroy.
One can usually find me watching history documentaries or reading historical related books, magazines, or articles. I love historical research--there is nothing better in my opinion than learning about the past and relating it to the present day.
I also enjoy the outdoors, especially in the summer. I like the mountains, beaches, the deserts, and the plains. I am extremely lucky to live in the United States, a country that is so diverse geographically, ethnically, and culturally.
My current historical interests include:
American Civil War & Reconstruction
Race relations in Colonial Latin America
The Okie Migration to California
South African History (apartheid-era)
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite U.S. city I have traveled to: Los Angeles, California
Favorite U.S. states: California, Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, New Hampshire
Favorite Animals: Dog & cat
Favorite Music: all kinds (Spanish salsa, merengue & reggaeton, 80's rock & pop music, 70's disco and rock, 90's music (all), rap, and even a few country songs (believe it or not)