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Greg Kier
Greg Kier

Social Studies, History, Comparative Religion / Film for Middle School and Upper School

Education: Walla Walla University - B.A. History with Film Studies minor: 6-12 Teaching Certificate University of Victoria - M.A. History

Mr. Kier started teaching middle and high school history at St. Paul’s Academy in 2014. He started his teaching career in 2008 – teaching P.E. (4-10) and Social Studies (8) in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  For the next three years he taught history grades 7-12, at a private school in Denver, Colorado.  

In 2012 he took a break from teaching to return to his birthplace of Vancouver Island where he pursued his Master’s in history. His research centered on North American West Coast defense during the Second World War – specifically he researched a group of naval reservists/fishermen, known as the “Gumboot Navy”, who the Canadian government used to round-up Japanese Canadians living along the craggy coast of British Columbia.  While at the University of Victoria, he worked as a time management specialist for the Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities.

Mr. Kier fell in love with history after visiting the castles of England and France when he was eleven. He looks forward to sharing his passion for history with the students of St. Paul’s Academy. His teaching style is structured, yet eclectic, as he incorporates film, music and historical simulations into his lessons. 

Mr. Kier enjoys playing sports (especially Volleyball), watching and making films, reading historic fiction, camping, playing board games, lake sports, snowboarding, accents, giraffes, and the Vancouver Canucks. Other fun facts about Mr. Kier: he grew up on a fishing boat, he is cousins with the late Winston Churchill, he has been to every state, his favorite historical subjects are the Second World War and Medieval England and his favorite historical figure is King Richard III.

A favorite saying: “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~ Winston Churchill

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