Adam Bulava, M.A.
American Government, U.S. Government and Politics, Applied Economics, Religion 12, and World History A & B
Raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Mr. Bulava attended public elementary and middle schools and then went to Luther East High School in Lansing, IL. As a student there, he was involved in a wide variety of activities including four years of varsity soccer and basketball, numerous theatre productions, scholastic bowl, band and choir.
Mr. Bulava graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He majored in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies (history, geography, psychology, anthropology, sociology, government, and economics). He also minored in theatre and Lutheran Confessionalism. He participated in over twenty theatrical productions, either on stage or behind the scenes. He also worked for the conferences and events department that oversaw all main events on campus.
Mr. Bulava's first teaching job led him to Las Vegas where he taught for two years at Faith Lutheran Junior Senior High School and five years at Canyon Springs High School. At Faith Lutheran, he taught 7th grade American History, 8th grade Geography and 8th grade Nevada State History. At Canyon Springs, he taught classes primarily focused on U.S. Government. During his time in Las Vegas, he volunteered at the Las Vegas Little Theatre and during the 2006-2007 season he met his future wife, Katie Affentranger. They married July 3, 2009. Their first child, Samantha, was born in Las Vegas in 2011.
In 2011, Mr. Bulava was the recipient of the James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship known as "America’s most prestigious award in constitutional history and government for secondary teachers." He was awarded $24,000 to pursue a master's degree in political science from the American Military University in Charlestown, WV. In June 2014 he completed his master's degree in political science and his fellowship requirements in June 2017.
In 2012, he and his family moved to Decatur, IL, where he taught social studies classes at Lutheran School Association. While there, he helped launch AP U.S. History and AP Government classes.
Mr. Bulava joined the Lutheran High staff in 2017 and currently teaches American Government, U.S. Government and Politics, Applied Economics, Religion 12, and World History A & B.
* The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The James Madison Fellowship has become a mark of professional distinction signifying academic excellence and a commitment to responsible, civic-minded secondary education.