Dr. Sean Mattie, assistant professor of Political Science at Clayton State University, recently responded to a request from Forest Park High School teacher Nichelle Wiggins.
Wiggins was asking for assistance in preparing her 10th grade Advanced Placement (AP) American Government Class for the AP exam. Wiggins initially contacted Clayton State Department of Social Sciences Chair Dr. A. Rafik Mohamed to inquire whether a Political Science faculty member could assist her in teaching “bureaucracy.” Mohamed referred the request to Mattie, who was happy to help.
Mattie, Wiggins and her class of 20 gathered at Clayton State’s University Center for the tutorial. The session, which began at 8:30 a.m. and ran to 12:30 p.m., was a combination of a lecture plus a question and answer session, and included a lively discussion of the federal bureaucracy.
“Who’d have thought that the topic of the federal bureaucracy could stir such enthusiasm?” asks Mattie.
Wiggins thanked Mattie and reported that her students felt better prepared on the AP Exam because of the tutorial and promised to inform him on how the students performed on the exam once the scores were released in July.
“Ms. Wiggins’ students were well-prepared, attentive, and excited to learn. I found it a pleasure to teach them, and I believe it was a rewarding experience for everyone involved,” reports Mattie.
“As I understand it, this is going to be an ongoing partnership between Clayton State -- Dr. Mattie specifically -- and Forest Park High School,” adds Mohamed.