Gerald Steffen

Principles of Law/Criminal Justice II
CJ Debate/Mock Trial Team & Freshman Class Sponsor
West Creek High School
Phone: (931) 503-1788

About Me

I'm married with four children ages 3, 8, 12, and 16... I'm born and raised here in Clarksville, TN and pretty much have lived here most of my life not counting the military and police career. My background is primarily in criminal justice to include military (9 years civilian enforcement and five years military). Outside the military, I've worked for two police agencies to include Kansas City, MO and Clarksville, TN Police Department. I've served in both patrol and criminal investigation units. My last position was as a patrol sergeant. I have both an undergraduate and graduate degree, and I'm an alumni of Austin Peay State University. I've been a school teacher for 4 years now, and I'm currently in the ED.S. program for Educational Leadership at APSU.

The following materials are requested for the student to bring to class for 2017-18 School Year:

1. # 2 Pencil and black ink pen

2. Loose Leaf Notebook (paper),

Note: Other materials essential for the purposes of this course will be provided. These materials enhance the student’s interaction with real-world criminal justice activities.

They include but not limited to:

• Fingerprinting kits and powders

• Evidence collection materials

• Standard police and correctional equipment

• Courtroom materials (such as gavels, official replica court documents, etc).

• Training videos and interactive technology

posted 7/30/2014 7:16:00 AM

Students and Parents, for classroom syllabus visit my criminal justice website at the following URL:

This website will provide course description, objectives, standards, course outline, requirements/supplies needed, grading and evaluation procedures, behavior policy, and information pertaining to daily procedures. Also, at this website you will be able to print the syllabus and see updated posts pertaining to the Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.

posted 7/30/2014 12:09:00 AM

Daily Class Procedure

Turn-in Homework

Complete Bell Ringer

Complete All Classwork

Complete Exit Ticket

Lesson order:

• Introduction/Review

• Icebreakers

• Interactive Technology

• Teacher instruction/modeling

• Group activity

• Independent work/exit ticket

• Closing remarks/feedback

posted 7/28/2014 9:15:00 AM

Hello Parents and Students!

I hope you have had a great and restful summer break! I'm looking forward to seeing students excel this 2017-18 school year, reaching higher level learning based on real world activities that include critical thinking, problem solving, and challenge level scenarios.

Syllabus with class procedures will be handed out on August 8th and 10th. Please have your student return the last page of the syllabus on/before August 12th, which has to be completed and signed by the student and parent with contact information included.

I'm looking forward to a great school year!

Mr. Steffen

C.J. Academy Teacher

posted 7/23/2014 2:28:00 PM


Classroom Expectations

1.  Remember the four R’s: • Come Ready • Be Responsible • Respect Others • Use Reason

2.  Daily Class Procedures include: Turn-in Homework, Complete Bell Ringer, Complete All Classwork, And Complete Exit Ticket

Mr. Steffen's CJ Website