Mr. Douglas Hopkins
Mr. Doug Hopkins teaches freshman and sophomore world history, and AP US Government and Politics.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Faculty Advisor for the School Government Association (SGA) and as Assistant Lacrosse Coach.
Doug is also an active member of the Board of Directors for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a group that frequently collaborates frequently with SEM.
A 1974 graduate of Nichols School, Doug returned to his native Buffalo in the summer of 2010 after circumnavigating the world on a 32-foot sailboat with his family for nearly seven years. The adventure enriched his worldview through firsthand experiences with other cultures. It also inspired him to dedicate himself to full-time teaching. Through class lessons and activities, he is committed to helping teenagers discover and think critically about the world, and to assess their responsibilities as global citizens.
In addition to homeschooling his two daughters, he previously worked with teenagers as a church senior high youth leader and an instructor for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School in Washington and Oregon. Before giving up his successful career to sail around the world, Doug worked for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a national, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization, where he served as a senior attorney and staff attorney for 13 years. As a co-founder and manager of the EDF Oceans Program, he built and led a team of scientists, economists, lawyers and other professionals. Doug earned his BA in geology and geophysics/environment and resources from Yale College and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.