About Me

Stephen Pagaard

     I have taught in the History Department  at NKHS since 1997. My primary teaching assignment has been US History, AP US History, and AP European History. I will teach only the first two during the 2019-2020 school year.
     I was raised and educated in California, earning my BA (summa cum laude) and MA degrees in history from San Diego State University. I started teaching in California in 1979, then moved abroad in 1986 for twelve years, serving stints in West Berlin, W. Germany; Singapore; and Düsseldorf, Germany. Much of that experience was in the German Abitur and International Baccalaureate diploma programs teaching German and European history.
     Professional involvement outside of NKHS includes teaching history in the evenings at Olympic College since 1998 and scoring the College Board AP US History examinations in Texas and Kentucky since 2004. Other important current professional associations are as a Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, a Fellow at the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in New York, and member of the Education Advisory Board of the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. I have spoken at professional conferences at Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel), Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Washington, Central Washington University, and Bellevue College; at the European Council of International Schools conference in Hamburg, Germany; at annual WA state holocaust conferences in Seattle, Tri-Cities, Mt. Vernon, Olympia, Poulsbo, Wenatchee, and the Seattle Museum of Flight. I have also spoken at the Lockheed-Martin corporation at the nuclear submarine base at Bangor, WA, and to chapter meetings of both the Daughters of the American Revolution (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and the Sons of the American Revolution (2013).
     Honors of which I am proud include the national Goldman Award (top teacher in Holocaust education, 2004); WA state Teacher of the Year (American Legion, 2004);  Teacher of the Year (North Kitsap School District, 2004); the Pressly Prize (WA state Teacher of the Year, History Dept., Univ. of Washington, 2007), Teacher of Excellence (Washington State Univ., 2007),  WA state Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the American Revolution, 2013), Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth Ellington Chapter, 2012), Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the War of 1812, USS Enterprise Chapter, 2012), and the Outstanding Graduate award (History Dept., San Diego State Univ., 1979). I have published articles in Military Affairs, The History Teacher (2), and the Seattle Times, all related either to the Boer War in South Africa or the Nazi dictatorship. 
     My non-teaching time revolves around my faith and my family (wife, Josie, of 41 years; children Claire and Nathan; and grandchildren Kate, Kyle, Kallan, Karoline, and Svea). I enjoy doing anything with Josie, playing the piano, playing with my Golden Retriever, Lucy (a.k.a. "the sniveling toady of the bourgeoisie"), firing "the Deerslayer", and following international soccer (especially Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund), the Sounders, college football, and the Seahawks.  I love to learn history, to write it, and to teach it. I am delighted to work with you and your child this year!