Dr. Ken Zontek’s career encompasses teaching about the history of the Americas, forestry service, writing about Native American efforts to restore buffalo, military service, documentary photography, and advocacy for women’s rights. He earned his B.A. from Montana State University, 1988, his Master’s degree from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He has taught at five high schools in the Pacific Northwest, including Eisenhower High School in Yakima. He has taught at the University of Idaho and Heritage University, and has taught history at YVC since 2004. He teaches classes in American History, Pacific Northwest History, History of Mexico, and the History of Latin America.
Dr. Zontek has served the U.S. Military as a reserve officer in South Korea, Nicaragua, Italy, and Afghanistan and is a graduate of the Counter-Insurgency Academy. While serving in Afghanistan, he became involved in volunteering at a women’s shelter which resulted in his starting and leading the Afghan Women’s Education Project at YVCC. Dr. Zontek can speak to a wide variety of audiences about historical and contemporary issues, bring a wealth of experience and insight to the topic.