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I am a high school U.S. history, world history, geography, economics, government teacher. I also facilitate ancient history, art history, and world history online classes. I teach at a county public alternative school for students who violate zero tolerance polices or have continual behavior issues. I started teaching in 2010 after serving in the military for 21 years.

I received my B.A. in history/education in 2010, focusing on early American history. I am a member of the following organizations:

- Phi Kappa Phi (oldest national honor society for all academic disciplines)
- Phi Alpha Theta (national honor society for history students)
- National Forensic League (speech and debate honor society)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

I am also a retired disabled Army veteran (1985 - 2006). I served as an intelligence analyst, country analyst, counter-drug analyst, counterinsurgency analyst, paramilitary analyst, and counter-terrorism analyst, among various other duties. I am also a German & Arabic linguist. I am a Southwest Asia veteran.
Favorite Quotes:

"Sic Parvis Magna" ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)

"De gustibus non est disputandum" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880


Be: curious; persistent
Know: you matter; 
have a purpose; are not an accident Do: act in kindness; act in fairness; act in compassion

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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thank you very much for fave and for accepting my picture!
ebturner Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Most welcome
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Thank you so much for faves, very appreciate!
ebturner Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Most welcome. Got some good stuff there. Keep it up!
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Thank you very much :)
Kajm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there! Been a while, how are things going?

Couldn't help but see the conversation below, guessing it refers to a certain person who is all about the Confederacy? I commented briefly on that particular topic (slavery) but made no headway.
ebturner Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hey back to ya! 

Not too bad. School has started back and things are busy. 

Yes, that was an interesting conversation. I don't tend to get too involved in DA chats/conversations/threads too often. I find the average person here thinks they know everything about everything and it gets quite annoying to attempt to have a real conversation on here. 

That guy about the Confederacy...simply astounding. But oh well...
feliciadaily42 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Thanks for the "thumbs-up" on that deviation that tried to argue that the Confederacy is all about Christianity.  I'd comment there, but that guy blocked me. 
ebturner Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. We all need to know that we're not alone in the struggle. I wanted to encourage you.

That kind of mentality does nothing but destroy and malign Christ's message. I couldn't care less if what he says his accurate. I'm a history teacher, but I've not studied the origins of the Confederate flag to any extent. I'm from Texas with strong connections to other parts of the South and to the CSA. None of that matters. Slavery is against God's message of love and that all are created equal before God (and by equal, I mean broken and separated from God by sin).

I believe anyone who wants to should be able to fly the Confederate flag. I don't, but that's just me. Living in the U.S. means freedom to express yourself, even if it means the freedom to be stupid.

Hang in there and God bless you. I think I might consider it an honor to be blocked by that guy. :)
rin-niko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for fave! Meow :3 
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