Degrees and Certifications:

BA Anthropology, U of AL 1995 MCJ Homeland Security, U of MS 2015 US Army Drill SGT Course; US Army Instructor Course; Military History Instructor Course

Mr. Joseph Betterton


I fell in love with it when I was stationed in Germany in the late 1980s when I was in the Army.  Looking at old castles along the Rhine, trying to get my mind around the extent of the Roman Empire into what would eventually become Germany, and observing the cultural differences between America and Europe blew my mind and prompted me to study History and Anthropology at Auburn and Alabama, where I graduated in 1995.  I worked for the University of Alabama's Office of Archaeological Research at Moundville for a few years before returning to active duty in the Army just before 9/11.  I was deployed for a total of 28 months to Iraq where I continued to be amazed by the rich history and cultures I encountered. While on active duty, I also served as a Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Senior ROTC Instructor at Ole MIss, where I was able to complete Masters work in Criminal Justice, focusing on Homeland Security in 2015. 

Following retirement from the Army, I began teaching History, US Government, AP Psychology, Economics, and AP Macroeconomics at two area high schools before joining the Hartselle family in 2022. I currently teach US10 History and World 9 History.  I have also put the skills I developed in the military to work by coaching Cross Country, where we have gone to State the last 2 years!  

I want to help students understand the importance of the events that have happened before.  Understanding WHY events occurred can help to explain the present world, and can be used to help predict the future.