Mr. Josh Aranda

Phone: 919.934.2455 Ext. 1919

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. History, UNC Charlotte Minor: Secondary Education North Carolina Teaching Fellow Alum

Mr. Josh Aranda

My name is Josh Aranda and this is my tenth year teaching high school Social Studies. This 2020-2021 school year is my ninth 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, watching soccer (the real football) 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 ALL 50  states. This summer I planned a two and a half week road trip to Idaho and Montana. 
 
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 cats, Leroy and Bagheera. I grew up with dogs and had them for most of my life. I'm thinking about getting another dog soon.
 
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)
  • 1st Block: Honors American History I

    2nd Block: Honors American History I (AP Prep)

    3rd Block: American History I

    4th Block: Planning

     

    Virtual Office Hours:

    1st Block: Wednesdays & Fridays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (or by appointment)

    2nd Block: Wednesdays & Fridays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (or by appointment)

    3rd Block: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (or by appointment)

     

     

     

     

     

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