Mission Statement

The OCSA Social Science department strives to help students embrace a multicultural perspective with the goal of developing informed, active citizens. This will be accomplished by:

  • Focusing on historical literacy and research

  • Engaging with primary and secondary sources

  • Working collaboratively with peers

  • Integrating technology as a classroom tool

Our students will also be imbued with the intellectual creativity to ask questions, grapple with real-world problems, and respond intelligently with reachable solutions.

Christine Allcorn

Christine Allcorn

Instructor

Christine.Allcorn@ocsarts.net

Christine Allcorn holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from California State University Long Beach.  She earned two single subject teaching credentials in social science and English with a CLAD certificate.  She holds a Master's degree in secondary education from California State University Fullerton.  She is also a trained PAL( Peer Assistance Leadership) advisor.   She joined OCSA in 2011 as a middle school teacher and enjoys working with OCSA's 7th and 8th grade students.

Brett Andrews

Brett Andrews

Instructor

Brett.Andrews@ocsarts.net

Brett Andrews holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. Mr. Andrews earned his single subject teaching credential in Social Science from National University. Currently, he teaches 7th grade World History and 12th grade Government and Economics at Orange County School of the Arts. When Mr. Andrews is not molding young minds, he enjoys reading, watching sports, and playing video games.

Sharon Browne

Sharon Browne

Instructor

Sharon.Browne@ocsarts.net

Sharon Browne holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Ms. Browne earned a K-12 teaching credential and a master’s degree in teaching Social Studies from the University of LaVerne. She joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2002 and serves as an academic instructor of the Social Science department; she teaches 7th grade World History and 8th grade U.S. History classes.

Bianca Bulic

Bianca Bulic

Instructor

Bianca.Bulic@ocsarts.net

Bianca Bulic has been with the Social Science department at Orange County School of the Arts since 2015, and is excited to begin her second year of teaching AP United States History. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach, and has plans to develop her interest in early American history with a masters in history education.

She maintains her interest in US politics by serving as a teacher advisor for the Junior Statesmen of America club on campus. This summer, Ms. Bulic was selected to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks workshop on the Cold War, where she will learn the effects of the massive cold war aerospace industry on southern California’s economic, social and cultural development.

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Whitney Coates

Whitney Coates

Instructor

Whitney.Coates@ocsarts.net

Whitney Coates has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan and earned her single subject teaching credential in social science from California State University Long Beach. She joined OCSA in 2015 and teaches SOAR, which combines geography and current events. When not at school, Ms. Coates participates in historical costuming shows and reenactments. 

Carrie Combs

Carrie Combs

Instructor

Carrie.Combs@ocsarts.net

Miss Combs holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and her Single Subject Social Science Teaching Credential from California State University at Long Beach. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Concordia University in Irvine. Miss Combs joined Orange County School of The Arts in 2006 and has taught 8th grade U.S. History, 9th grade Geography and currently teaches 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade Government & Economics. She is also the mother of two successful OCSA Alumni.

Chris Dion

Chris Dion

Instructor

Chris.Dion@ocsarts.net

Chris Dion’s story begins in 1987 when he graduated from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and headed south for a glorious 13 week stay at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina. From there he spent 6 years on active duty as a Marine helicopter mechanic, travelling to far off places and eventually ending his service in 1993 at the rank of Sergeant.

Soon afterwards, Chris began his educational journey at Orange Coast College before transferring to Chapman University. At Chapman, Chris earned his B.A. in European History with a minor in English. Eventually, he returned to Chapman to earn his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies. Since Chris had already greatly enjoyed giving Chapman University his money, he later returned to Chapman and in 2014 earned a Master’s in Leadership Development. In the fall of 2004, Chris was hired to join the Social Sciences department at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) to teach Economics and Government. The following year he was asked to also serve as one of the advisors to OCSA’s Leadership class and still serves in that position. When not teaching, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and admiring his collection of board games.

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Jack Dowsett

Jack Dowsett

Instructor

Jack.Dowsett@ocsarts.net

Jack Dowsett has been with the Social Science department at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) since the 2013-2014 school year. He currently teaches AP World History and, in his first two years, taught Government and Economics. While earning his bachelor’s degree in history and teaching credential at California State University, Long Beach, he developed a keen interest in Asian history, specifically that of South and Southeast Asia.

In his classes, Mr. Dowsett works to hopefully instill a long-term interest in historical study in OCSA’s exceptionally talented students. As Mr. Dowsett also has a deep fascination with the America political system, he serves on campus as a teacher advisor for the Junior Statesmen of America club, and is currently working with a colleague to develop a class on international affairs and comparative world politics.

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Stacy Leimkuhler

Stacy Leimkuhler

Instructor

Stacy.Leimkuhler@ocsarts.net

Stacy Leimkuhler holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a master’s degree in social science education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She earned her single-subject teaching credential in social sciences with a CLAD certificate. 

Ms. Leimkuhler joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2011.  In addition to teaching in the Social Science department, Ms. Leimkuhler serves as one of the Leadership advisors.  When she is not teaching, she can be found cheering on the Anaheim Ducks.

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Cindy Lenore-Riga

Cindy Lenore-Riga

Instructor

Cindy.Lenore-Riga@ocsarts.net

Cindy Lenore-Riga holds a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University Long Beach. She holds a teaching credential in Social Science as well as a supplemental credential in English. Ms. Lenore-Riga joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2000 following several years of teaching social science and English at both the middle and high school level. 

Prior to teaching in public education, Ms. Lenore-Riga was a corporate trainer in time management and organizational skills. Ms. Lenore-Riga teaches Skills Obtained for Academic Readiness (SOAR) for students in 9th grade and College Prep World History for students in 10th grade.

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Julie Scheppele

Julie Scheppele

Instructor

Julie.Scheppele@ocsarts.net

Julie Scheppele earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on American Politics and Government from the University of California, Irvine. She returned to UCI to earn her teaching credential and master’s degree in Teaching after a brief experience working in a Congressional office. Since 2009, Ms. Scheppele has taught social studies to high school students in a variety of courses including World Cultures and AP European History.

She joined the OCSA team in 2014 and teaches AP United States Government, AP Macroeconomics, and United States History, and co-advises OCSA’s Junior State of America. Ms. Scheppele loves learning and all-things-American Revolution and Constitution and she endeavors to share that passion and instill a sense of civic responsibility in her students.

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Anton Striegl

Anton Striegl

Instructor

Anton.Striegl@ocsarts.net

Anton Striegl started teaching History/Social Science classes in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at CSULB in 1988, but went back to CSULB to pursue his teaching credential in History. Mr. Striegl has devoted his career to teaching historical thinking in a high school setting. He started his career teaching AP U.S. History, later becoming a teacher of AP European History, and then shifted to teaching AP World History in 2001.

Mr. Striegl has worked for College Board in varying capacities since 2000. He started with College Board as a reader back in 2000 and has since moved into various leadership roles related to scoring exams, designing instructional materials, and training new AP teachers. Mr. Striegl also teaches a course in the CSULB Social Science credential program, where he guides prospective teachers through all aspects of teaching. Anton Striegl came to OCSA in 2006 and has woven all of these life experiences into his classes.

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Josh Stump

Josh Stump

Instructor

Josh.Stump@ocsarts.net

Josh Stump graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in History and a minor in Business Administration. After three years of working in the film industry as an actor, Josh pursued his passion for education by completing the Single Subject Teaching Credential program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2017 he will be finishing his Master of Arts in Teaching through UCI. Josh joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2016 where he teaches 8th grade and AP U.S. History.