Joining Social Studies Instructional Coach Kelsey Decker is a social studies team focused on an engaging experience to build academic skills. These teachers will inspire students to think critically about the world we live in through reading, writing, and memorable learning experiences.
Mr. Scott Carmichael (Social Studies/Head Golf Coach):
Scott Carmichael joins the Lebanon Trail family after spending 31 years teaching/coaching in the states of Georgia and Texas and is excited by the opportunity to establish a program of excellence from the ground up. During his teaching career, Scott has taught a wide range of Social Studies classes. In his coaching career, Scott served as the Head Golf Coach at Wichita Falls HS and as an Assistant Golf Coach at Oconee County HS, where he led the Warriors to the 1998 State Runner-up finish, as well as winning the Athens Banner Herald Golf Coach of the Year Award. Scott also coached football where served as the Offensive Coordinator for state championship teams at Oconee Co. HS, Camden Co. HS, and Chattahoochee HS in Georgia. Scott also, at various times coached baseball and track. Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1985 and has a son, Caleb who serves as the Director of Youth Ministries at North Ft. Worth Baptist Church alongside his beautiful bride, Samantha.
Mr. Robert Andrews (Social Studies/Head Basketball Coach):
Robert Andrews is a native of Bastrop, Louisiana and a proud graduate of Grambling State University. He is eager and excited be a part of the Lebanon Trail family. Robert will be serving as the Head Boys Basketball coach for the Trail Blazers and has been a teacher and coach for 16 years. He has worked in Richardson ISD, Dallas ISD, Allen ISD, and is currently the Head Boys Basketball coach at Manor High School in Manor ISD. Coach Andrews has taught Social Studies in grades 7-12 and is currently teaching AP Microeconomics. Robert has been a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan, and loves to play golf, try new recipes in the kitchen and spend time with his wife.
Mr. Jarred Stewart (Social Studies/GT Humanities/Ac Dec):
Over the past five years, Mr. Stewart taught AP US History and coached Academic Decathlon for JJ Pearce High in Richardson. He is an AP Reader and will graduate from Sam Houston State University this summer with a master’s degree in history. In addition to researching and writing about baseball history, he is currently working on a project with the American Battlefield Monuments Commission to recover the stories of fallen WWII soldiers. He is very excited about building the Academic Decathlon tradition at Lebanon Trail and sharing the wonders of history. He loves House of Cards, the Flash, playing pool, and the barbecue at Hutchin’s in Frisco.
Mr. Mike Palo (Social Studies/Head Baseball Coach):
Mike Palo has been a social studies teacher for 11 years and a baseball coach for 14 years. Originally from Kansas City, he earned a degree in History and Secondary Education from Baker University while playing baseball. Mike spent 9 years at La Sierra High School in Riverside, California teaching a variety of social studies classes and coaching baseball. His last three years at La Sierra, he was the head baseball coach leading his team to a league title in 2014 and playoff berths all three years of his tenure. Mike was named the River Valley League Coach of the Year and La Sierra High School coach of the year in 2014. Mike moved with his wife, Carmen, to Austin in the summer of 2014 where he was a social studies teacher and coach at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas until being named Head Baseball Coach at Lebanon Trail High School. Mike is looking forward to establishing a winning baseball program at Lebanon Trail where his players will be champions on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.