In this essay, I describe my history teaching career of over thirty years at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I intended for the position to be temporary while I finished my dissertation and pursued academic employment. Instead, I forged a career in independent education, where I could combine teaching with scholarship—the best of both worlds.
Founded in 1969, The Western Historical Quarterly, the official journal of the Western History Association, presents original scholarly articles dealing with the North American West - the westward movement from the Atlantic to the Pacific, twentieth-century regional studies, the Spanish borderlands, Native American history, and developments in western Canada, northern Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii. Each issue contains reviews and notices of significant books in the field, as well as bibliographic lists of recent articles and dissertations. The Western Historical Quarterly is published for the Western Historical Association by Utah State University, and the Department of History, Utah State University.