Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Andrea Nitsch Richards
I am a native Houstonian; I recieved my BA in Humanities from UH Clear Lake in 2004. As a founding faculty member of East Early College HS I have a special relationship with the school and I am proud to watch the school grow year after year!
I am the sponsor for Student Council and the Class of 2021
I have taught every Social Studies course, and currently I am teaching AP Human Geography for all freshmen.
About AP Human Geography
From the College Board:
This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).
In other words, this course explains why people live where they do and how their location affects them. We will cover subjects such as types of maps, map reading, demographics, culture, Agriculture, political boundaries, economic development, and urbanization. But that sounds boring! Here are some questions you should be able to answer by the end of the year!
Why are there so many people in Asia? Why is population declining in Europe?
Why did China say it's people can only have one child, then change their mind? What effect has it had on their population?
Why are some countries basically bribing people to have more children?
How did religions spread?
What do people do when there are multiple native languages in a country?
What food do they serve at McDonald's in other countries?
How do countries set up their political systems?
How are borders between countries established? What happens when they are forced upon a country?
Why is it in the U.S. you can have more people vote for the losing presidential candidate than the winning candidate?
Why are some countries wealthy and some poor?
How do people farm and make enough food for growing populations?
How are cities laid out? What are the different patterns of cities?