Social Studies Teacher
Truman State University (2005-2007, 2012-2015)
Jackson High School (Class of 2005)
Masters of Art in Education (Truman State University – May 2015)
Bachelor of Science in History (Truman State University – Dec. 2013)
AP United States History Conference – 2015
AP World History Conference – 2015
AP Government and Politics Conference – 2017
3rd year teaching at Sikeston High School.
Currently teaching AP US Government and CP US Government.
Active duty US Army from 2008 – 2011 including tours in Afghanistan and Korea.
Married in 2016 to Emily Balsman.
My parents live in Jackson, MO. I also have two brothers. My older brother lives with his wife and son in Dallas, TX and my younger brother lives with his wife in Jackson, MO.
FAQs About Mr. Balsman
Here are the answers to questions that Mr. Balsman gets asked a lot.
Where did you go to school? Truman State University
Bachelor of Science in History – 2013
Master of Arts in Education – 2015
Do you use Twitter and can I follow you?
Yes I do use Twitter. My name is @SHS_Mr_Balsman
Are you married?
Yes. I married Emily July 23rd, 2016.
What is your favorite amendment?
Yes, it is true, I do have a favorite amendment (and yes I understand that is nerdy). My favorite amendment is the 9th Amendment because it protects rights that cannot be expressed in writing and other rights that people could not even imagine needing in the late 1700s.
Do you have kids?
No. I do not have any children.
Do you have pets?
Yes. I have a dog named Ollie. He is pretty great.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play cards and go hiking and exploring with my wife. I enjoy trap shooting and fishing with my friends. I am an avid supporter of the STL Cardinals and wish I could get up to Busch Stadium more often to catch a game. I am learning to enjoy hockey and the STL Blues. I love to read books on historical topics. Currently reading The Supremes' Greatest Hits, 2nd Revised & Updated Edition: The 44 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life by Michael G. Trachtman. This is a look into the background and general information from some of the most influential Supreme Court cases in histroy. While it does not directly deal with every Supreme Court case, it does explain why they are important to you on a daily basis. Possibly assigning this book to AP at a later date.
Why did you decide to teach?
I enjoy helping people realize their true potential. I was blessed with great teachers in high school that encouraged me to continue learning. Although I did struggle in college my first time, I was able to return after my service in the Army and earn my degree. I like to help people realize that just because you are struggling doesn’t mean that you should give up. Failure is part of life, it is how you get up and continue on that defines who you are.