Ms. Hjertstedt's Social Science Courses & Info

Ms. Kyla Hjertstedt, M.A.Ed

Phone: (626) 548-5040 Room 216


Degrees and Certifications:

(2012) California Polytechnic University, Pomona - Masters of Art in Education: Multimedia Emphasis (2009) Single Subject Teaching Credential (2007) U.C. Santa Barbara - Bachelor of Arts - Majors in Philosophy and Religious Studies with a Minor in History (2005) Santa Rosa Jr. College - Associate of Arts - General Education Additional Certifications/Affiliations ------------------------ TCEA Vice President Sierra Club: O1 Level Leader First Aid/CPR Certified

Ms. Kyla Hjertstedt, M.A.Ed


Hello and Welcome! I have been teaching at Temple City High School as part of the Social Science Department since 2008. 

I currently teach two preps (AP Psychology and regular high school level Psychology) and each prep will utilize Google Classroom for announcements, assignments, and other classroom related content. If you're a student and don't already have a TCUSD Google account up and running, please see one of our site administators, secretaries, or your school counselor. If you're a parent, please contact TCHS' main office and let them know you need help getting your parent account set up.

Department of Social Science The Department of Social Sciences at Temple City High School is devoted to providing all students with an accessible and challenging program.  Through rigorous coursework and high standards, students will gain a greater awareness of the wider world, the role of the nation and its political and economic structures, and where they, as citizens and individuals, fit within that framework.  An emphasis on how historical events relate to current trends and realities, as well as how the former bears responsibility for the latter, will be a driving force for discussion and debate.  Each course is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to learn and succeed; to demonstrate their strengths and build their knowledge and skills.  Particularly, critical writing and analysis of a variety of sources will serve to build a strong foundation of thinking, speaking, and writing skills which will aid them in their future endeavors.

AP Psychology meets the UC and CSU “g” elective requirement. AP Psychology is designed for highly motivated junior/senior who wishes to pursue college level coursework in the study of Psychology. Due to the advanced nature of this course, students will greatly benefit from being self-motivated, organized, and prepared to commit weeknight and weekend time to assigned readings and assignments. The purpose of this AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Main areas of study are: history, approaches, and research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Emphasis will be given to critical thinking and writing, text analysis, cooperative projects, class discussions, and public speaking. Basic foundations in scientific research techniques and research writing are essential. 

Psychology is a year-long class that meets the UC and CSU “g” elective requirement. This upper classman (junior/senior) elective course introduces students to the field of psychology. Students will explore the genesis and development of human behavior and mental processes while gaining insight about their own cognition, motivations, behaviors, perceptions, and personality. Students will also explore ways to improve their reactions to stress, distinguish between healthy and unhealthy social behaviors and relationships, and identify the characteristics of different types of psychological disorders and their treatments. Emphasis will be given to critical thinking and writing, group projects, class discussions, and public speaking. While not required, basic foundations in scientific research techniques and research writing are encouraged.


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