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 ------------------------ 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 three preps (Psychology, AP Psychology, U.S. History) 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. This year-long course is designed for 11th - 12thgrade students who wish to challenge themselves with a college level learning expreince. The purpose of the 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 withing psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. While not required, students are highly encouraged to take the AP Psychology Exam in May as many colleges refer to students' scores on that exam as a measure for success in the content area; in many cases colleges offer credit to students who pass the exam with an adequate score. Be sure to check with the college or university you plan to attened inorder to find out if they extend this benifit.

Psychology is a year-long class that meets the UC and CSU “g” elective requirement. This year-long course is designed for 11th - 12thgrade students and emphasizes the challenges encountered in daily life. Information learned in this class will hopefully lead to a student’s personal success. Main areas of study are: theories of personality, human development, learning and cognition, and psychological disorders. Emphasis will be given to critical thinking and writing, primary/secondary source analysis, cooperative projects, class discussions, public speaking, and use of technology.

U.S. History This course is required for graduation from Temple City High School. The goal is to provide students with a more complete understanding of the history of our nation and their individual role in the greater American Society. Students will have a number of expectations and will be challenged to learn new vocabulary and content while addressing and mastering the standards established by the State of California and the Temple City Unified School District.

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