About Mr. Quamme
My birth was in Prairie du Chien, Wi and I have lived in the state all my life. In high school I was heavily involved in our music programs and still today it plays a large role in my life. When I was younger I marched drum corps with the Blue Stars and Phantom Regiment drum and bugle corps. Today I design for marching bands and judge in many different states. I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing bands and have been involved in winning nine Wisconsin state championships. I will be working on a few more of those championships this fall!
I went to college at UW-Whitewater wanting to be a band director...and well, I'm a history teacher. I eventually transferred to a small school in Decorah, Iowa called Luther College and from there I switched to another love of mine history, and well the rest is just history!
I think about the only advice my father ever gave me...and this is no lie. He taught history in my hometown for about 33 years. In fact myself and both my siblings had to have him for an entire school year. It made things "interesting" at home. Back to the advice, he told me "never become a teacher". Now I think its odd that the only advice ever given to me I ignored and well....so far so good.
Over the past three years I've been involved in a Holocaust Study Institute which allowed me many insights into the Holocaust from professional educators from various universities and colleges in and outside the Milwaukee area.
Through some amazing people and support in the the form of scholarships I've been able to travel to Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Israel, Turkey and Germany to further my knowledge in Holocaust education. These trips have allowed me to give my students a much stronger perspective on the Holocaust and its origins. In the summer of 2012 I attended the Belfer National Conference in Washington D.C. at the United States Holocaust Museum. In the summer of 2015 I will be going to Germany and Poland with the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program.
This year is my 17th teaching at Beloit Memorial HS. Six years ago I developed two new courses one being Advanced US History and the other the History of the Holocaust and Genocide. There has been a tremendous turnout for both courses and I am thrilled to be teaching both of them.
I can't believe it has been 17 years....I hope many more to come. I promise to continue to become a better educator and make sure that I use the technology that has come into our district thoughtfully. To any students that have graduated....don't be strangers we love it when family comes home to visit us at school.