Social Studies


The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.  National Council for the Social Studies

Our team embraces this vision for social studies.  From Pre-K students through graduating seniors, we strive to create opportunities for students to become active informed citizens who will make a difference as they:

  • Apply knowledge of past historical and geographic patterns to understand the present and prepare for the future
  • Participate actively and effectively as an informed citizen of a democracy living in a global community by applying sound decision-making, using economic reasoning skills, and utilizing appropriate technology
  • Develop empathy in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world by understanding the influence of cultural and physical geography on point of view
  • Develop the critical thinking skills of a historian or geographer by identifying points of view, raising questions, evaluating evidence, contextualizing, corroborating sources, constructing original ideas, collaborating with others and justifying conclusions in written and verbal communication

Meet the team

Pier Larsen
Director of Social Studies
Office: 972.968.6180

Mrs. Pier Larsen earned her B.A of English and History at The University of North Texas.  After receiving a James Madison Fellowship she completed her M.A in History.  She enjoyed teaching world history and U.S. History at the high school level for eleven years.  During that time, Ms. Larsen taught Advanced Placement U.S. History for six years and was an AP Reader for the College Board for three years prior to becoming the Director of Social Studies for Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2010.

Megan Duckworth  
Secondary Specialist
Office: 972.968.6560

Megan Duckworth earned her B.A. of History  and Med of Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University. She taught Advanced Placement U.S. History, World Geography, and Sociology at the high school level. While teaching, she received a grant to study with the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher’s Program in the summer of 2011. She now serves as a Secondary Social Studies Specialist with the Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District.