Marla Palmer

AP, Honors, and CP Modern European History & Honors Holocaust History


  • TRACE, Community Service Club


  • MA in Modern European History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA in History, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California


  • AP in European History & Teaching Certification in Social Studies, Clemson University


  • Board Member of the SC Council on the Holocaust House Leader

Previous Work Experience:
I have taught in both private and public high schools in California, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as at Greenville Technical College.

I began teaching in 1998
I began at SJCS in 2007

Traveling overseas, reading, hanging out with my dogs, cycling with my husband, hiking, and singing/songwriting.

Favorite Quotes:
“It may be possible for each [man] to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which … you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. … Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” — C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”

“Now anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. And there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask the right questions–because they might turn out to have no answer. One of the moral diseases we communicate to one another in society comes from huddling together in the pale light of an insufficient answer to a question we are afraid to ask.” — Thomas Merton

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Interesting Fact About Me:
I was a nanny for Kenny Loggins’ children one summer while finishing graduate school.

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