Theology, World History, AP US History
Barb and Alan Bulava raised me in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I attended public high school until high school from there I went to Luther East High School in Lansing, Illinois. While I was a student there, I was involved in a wide variety of activities including four years of Varsity Soccer and Basketball, numerous theatre productions, the leading scholastic bowl team, and both band and choir. I graduated at the top of my class before moving on to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
At Concordia, I majored in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies. Social studies include history, geography, psychology, anthropology, sociology, government, and economics. I also minored in theatre and Lutheran Confessionalism. I was once again very involved in campus life during my five years at St. Paul. I participated in over a twenty theatrical productions, either on stage or behind the scenes. I also worked for Conferences and Events Staff that oversaw all the main events on campus. After five years at Concordia, I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 and moved to Las Vegas for my first teaching job.
In Las Vegas, I taught for two years at Faith Lutheran Junior Senior High School and five at Canyon Springs High School. At Faith, I taught 7th-grade American History and 8th-grade Geography and Nevada State History. At Canyon Springs I taught a wide variety of classes, but primarily focused on U.S. Government. While there I volunteered at the Las Vegas Little Theatre to continue my participation in the theatrical arts. I participated in three plays in one year during their 2006-2007 season. It was also there that I met my future wife, Katie Affentranger. We married each other in Las Vegas on July 3, 2009. Our first child Samantha was also born in Las Vegas in 2011. While I lived and worked in Las Vegas, I also applied for the James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship. I won it in 2011 which awarded me $24,000 to pursue a Masters Degree in Political Science from the American Military University in Charlestown, West Virginia. I was awarded that degree in June 2014 and finished my fellowship requirements in June 2017.
In the Summer of 2012, my family and I accepted a call to the Lutheran School Association in Decatur, Illinois. While I was there, I again taught a wide variety of social studies courses. I am most proud though of starting their AP courses for social studies classes (U.S. History and Government). I hope to emulate and build about this program here at LuHi.