Social Sciences Department

The main goal of the Social Sciences department is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the discipline, which is dedicated to examining human behavior and specifically how people interact with each other, behave, develop as a culture, and influence the world around them. The department values students developing the ability to think critically and solve problems creatively. Preparing students for their futures is vital; time management, punctuality, respect and understanding are emphasized. 

Social Sciences Staff

Kevin Collins

Social Sciences Teacher

(309) 698-7557

Kevin Collins is a dedicated Civics and Geography teacher with 24 years of experience at East Peoria High School. He attended Metamora High School and Riverview Grade School, where he was actively involved in various sports including track, baseball, basketball, and football. Before becoming a teacher, he served in the Air Force for six years, enhancing his leadership and organizational skills. Mr. Collins holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and a Master's degree in Education from Olivet University. Married for 17 years, Mr. Collins enjoys spending his summers on the beaches of Florida, where he can relax and rejuvenate. In his community, he is known for his dedication to training service dogs for people with disabilities, a cause close to his heart. This commitment reflects his deep care for both his students and his community, making him a cherished member of both his professional and local circles.

Zach Fleming

Social Sciences Teacher

(309) 698-7560

Zach Fleming is a part of the Social Studies department and has been for the last 17 years. He primarily teaches Consumer Education and Sociology. Mr. Fleming is the Key Club advisor and a Wrestling Coach. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, he attended Peoria Notre Dame High School, Illinois Central College, Illinois State University, and The American College of Education. He holds an associates degree in Arts and Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Science/ Social Science Secondary Education, a minor in Geography, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Fleming shares, “I am here to help improve my students and wrestler's work ethics.. you have to have a good work ethic in life. The harder you work, the better things will be and the "luckier" you will be. Everything takes effort.. if you do more, you should, and you will get more.I have coached wrestling here since I started here in 2007 and love working with our student athletes. I am also the advisor for Key Club and am lucky to work with some great young leaders who find joy in serving their school and community!” Outside of work, Zach stays busy with his five daughters Kerrigan, Fallyn, Sylvia, Everly and Clover. He loves being a dad and being with his family.

Ben Diggle

Social Sciences Teacher

(309) 698-7586

Ben Diggle is a member of the Social Sciences department with 14 years of teaching experience under his belt- all at EPCHS. He primarily teaches Academic U.S. History and A.P. U.S. History. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Ben attended Dunlap High School before earning his degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University and his degree in Education from Eureka College. Mr. Diggle loves EPCHS and being able to work with kids and help them to learn to navigate through life. Outside of work, he enjoys reading nonfiction historical books, political science and baseball. He will hopefully have a 2nd player reach the MLB this year! He also enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Melissa!

Tom Stonebock

Social Sciences Teacher

(309) 698-7572

Tom Stonebock is a member of the Social Studies department and an assistant Baseball coach at EPCHS with 17.5 years of experience (Woodruff High School 2006-2010, East Peoria Central Junior High from 2010-2021, EPCHS since 2021). He primarily teaches World History, U.S. History and Psychology. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, he attended Woodruff High School before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary U.S. History Education from St. Ambrose University, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Bradley University, an LBS1 Certificate from Western Illinois University, and additional study hours beyond his Master’s from Benedictine University. Mr. Stonebock shares, “I love the family atmosphere of EPCHS–we care deeply about each student and our community. It is humbling to support students as they pursue their goals and develop self-confidence when they conquer difficult challenges with hard work and persistence.  We have tremendous students and people at EPCHS and I am grateful to be in this environment each day.” Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, fishing and traveling. His wife, Ashley, also  teaches in East Peoria at Robein Elementary.

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Remi Ferguson

Social Sciences Teacher

(309) 698-7563

Remi Ferguson is a part of the Social Science and World Language departments and is in her first year of teaching at EPCHS. She primarily teaches US History and Spanish 1-2. An EP alumni, she attended EPCHS before earning her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Eureka College. Ms. Ferguson loves the support and family feel of EPCHS and is excited to pour her Raider Pride into the community that shaped her. She shared, “I always want to be the role model I needed when I walked these halls.” Outside of work, she loves spending time with friends and family, traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with her cat Odessa.