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Thomas is the co-creator, co-author, and editor of the Star Wars education curriculum. For more than twenty years, Thomas has served in education as a teacher, coach, principal, and adjunct college professor, as well as an educational consultant for school districts, textbook publishers, and the South Carolina Department of Education. He regularly conducts professional development training in educational design, curriculum development, and instructional methodology at the local, state and national levels and helped establish Edutopia's Social Studies Group page at Thomas currently serves as the Assistant Director of Roper Mountain Science Center and as an adjunct professor of Education at Furman University. He has been active in promoting social studies education throughout his career and has served as a board member of the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies and as president of the South Carolina Social Studies Coordinators Association. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Secondary School Leadership, both from Furman University.

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Wes is co-creator and co-author of the Star Wars curriculum and also serves as the designer and webmaster of He is currently a fourteenth year Social Studies teacher at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina where he teaches AP European History, World History and World War II & the Cold War. His education background also includes teaching Economics, US Government, and US History. Wes promotes using technology and innovative teaching methods and has hosted numerous professional development classes on the subjects. He strongly advocates the use of virtual classrooms/field trips. In 2010, Wes was recognized by the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies for excellence in teaching. Wes is honored to have been voted Mauldin High's Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2015. Wes is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies and a Master of Education in Secondary Administration from Clemson University.

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