May 7, 2012 (REVISED July 19, 2012) Local Teachers Selected to Participate in National Educational Program

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Several educators from around the country have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in a series of Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from May to August.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its seven teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators in addition to classroom teachers. Participants come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library's collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s teaching resources may also be accessed through the Library’s website at

Participants in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes (May–August 2012)

  • Kathleen Allen, Hudson Country Montessori School, Danbury, Conn.
  • Lyndsay Ames, Maternity BVM School, Chicago
  • Barbara Apodaca, Pahrump (Nev.) Valley High School
  • Deborah Atkinson, the Curtis School, Los Angeles
  • Jeremy Battaglia, Bronson (Mich.) High School
  • Betty Beal, Successlink, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Lia Berry, Eisenhower Middle, Laurel, Md.
  • Collette Bloom, Texas Southern University, Houston
  • Ellen Brooker, Southwest High School, San Antonio, Tx.
  • Pat Brown, DC Public Schools, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Bruneel, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Md.
  • Elizabeth Bryant, Indian Land (S.C.) High School
  • Deloris Burke, McMurray Middle School, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Patricia Carlton, Mount Dora (Fla.) High School
  • Emily Chambers, Culpeper (Va.) Middle School
  • Tiffany Cobb, Ohio Connections Academy, Mason, Ohio
  • John Cochran, Darby Elementary School, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan
  • Jennifer Connors, Albany (N.Y.) Academies
  • Jennifer Crow, Warden (Wash.) School District
  • Lori Cuevas, St. Paul Catholic School, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Crystal Culp, McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, McCraken, Ky.
  • Judy Dalgo, Keys Tech Center, Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • Cookie Davis, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Lorelei Darga, St. Paul Catholic School, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Katie Dorr, Horizon Middle School, Ferndale, Wash.
  • Barbara Duffy, David Starr Jordan High School, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Denise Dumas, Cardozo High School, Washington, D.C.
  • Maggie Dunford, Riverbend High School, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Maggie Elliott, Victor (N.Y.) Intermediate School
  • Philip Engle, TC Williams High School, Alexandria, Va.
  • Julie Esanu, Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington, Va.
  • Denise Ethun, Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford, Ill.
  • Keisha Evans, Woodson Elementary School, Crisfield, Md.
  • April Francis, Lawrence Road Middle School, Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth Galaska, Robeson Elementary Center, Birdsboro, Pa.
  • Linda Godsey, Clarksville (Ind.) Middle & High Schools
  • Kendra Gragg, Costano Elementary School/49ers Academy, East Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Cassandra Gunkel, Manor College, Jenkintown, Pa.
  • Jennifer Gutleber, Marsteller Middle School, Bristow, Va.
  • Anna Harding, L. Thomas Heck Middle School, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
  • Patricia Harmon, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Herndon, Va.
  • Lauren Harwood, P.S. Dupont Middle School, Wilmington, Del.
  • Andrew Hatt, Bronson (Mich.) High School
  • April Hines, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Allison Holzgang, Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, Va.
  • Rachel Hull, W.Va. Department of Education
  • Mary Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Ashley Johnston, Trinity School, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jimmy Jones, Cook Elementary School, Syracuse, Utah
  • Jennifer Kalletta, Annandale (Va.) Terrace Elementary School
  • Carol Kirstein, Zukeran Elementary School, Okinawa, Japan
  • Jill Knight, Mayo High School, Darlington, S.C.
  • Eden Kuhlenschmidt, River Valley Middle School, Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Sonali Kumar, Washington International School, Washington, D.C.
  • Alana LaBeaf, St. Catherine, Sienna School, Trumbull, Conn.
  • Lauren LaFrance, Neptune (N.J.) Middle School
  • Elise Langan, Macon (Ga.) State College
  • Reanna Laney, Moses Brown School, Providence, R.I.
  • Linda Larrabee, Burlington (Wash.)-Edison North High School
  • Martha Leaf, Wichita (Kan.) Collegiate School
  • Angela Loan, Waynesboro (Va.) High School
  • Dianna Locke, Heards Ferry Elementary School, Sandy Springs, Ga.
  • Gail Lovely, Friendswood, Tex.
  • Sheila MacDowell, Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Laila Marquez, Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
  • Jackie Martin, Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, Va.
  • Gale McKim, Pacific Lutheran High School, Torrance, Calif.
  • Michael Mainor, Hazelwood Central High School, Florissant, Mo.
  • Eric Makelky, Pinedale (Wyo.) Middle School
  • Francine Miller, Kirby Middle School, Wichita Falls, Tex.
  • Kristie Miller, Alexander (N.Y.) Schools
  • Linda Mills, Greensburg (Ind.) Elementary School
  • Pam Miner, Marsh Elementary School, Rockford, Ill.
  • Ellen Mitchell, P.S. 44, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Jane Moody, Bamberg (S.C.) Ehrhardt High School
  • Jaime Moore, MacFarland Middle School, Washington, D.C.
  • Tim Morford, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
  • Melody Morris, Mount Baker Junior High School, Deming, Wash.
  • Katrina Mougey, St. Paul Catholic School, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Grace Nall, Walker Elementary School, San Diego
  • Emily Nault, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
  • MJ Nazaka, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, N.H.
  • Dawn Netzel, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Sandra Nelson, Albany (N.Y.) Academies
  • Rebecca Newland, Kemps Landing Magnet School, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Pamela Oehlman, Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Beth Pace, Chapman and Landrum High Schools, Inman and Landrum, S.C.
  • Heather Palmer, Valley View Middle School, Edina, Minn.
  • Angelo Parodi, John Eaton Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Paugh, Bowling Green (Ky.) Junior High School
  • Samuel Perry, Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn (N.Y.)
  • Carina Pierce, Couger Mountain Junior High School, Graham, Wash.
  • Linda Polak, Sunset Ridge School, Northfield, Ill.
  • Maryanne Prosser, Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Quirarte, Lou Henry Hoover School, Whittier, Calif.
  • Anna Rabin, Ellis Elementary School, Manassas, Va.
  • Katie Richardson, Pactolus Elementary School, Greenville, N.C.
  • Lenora Richardson, Cabell County (W.Va.) Schools
  • Sharon Roualet, Edgewood High School, Elletsville, Ind.
  • Sarah Scott, Vineyard (Utah) Elementary School
  • Melissa Schreiber, Yorktown (Va.) Middle School
  • Victoria Schwoebel, Friends' Central School, Wynnewood, Pa.
  • Sonya Shockey, Hedgesville High School, Hedgesville W.Va.
  • Jane Shrader, Pactolus School, Greenville, N.C.
  • Deborah Shultz, Nisqually Middle School, Lacey, Wash.
  • Jennifer Stretch, Council Rock School District, Newtown, Pa.,
  • Jeanne Staley, Frontier Junior High School, Graham, Wash.
  • Cathy Stoll, Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington, Md.
  • Ted Strickland, Tesseract School, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Heather Sweeney, Alexander (N.Y.) Schools
  • Amanda Szabela, Rossville (Ind.) High School
  • Linda Tabit, Victor (N.Y.) Junior High School
  • Mary Ellen Tomson, Albany (N.Y.) Academies
  • Faith Waddy, Lancaster Middle School, Kilmarnock, Va.
  • Vickie Weiss, City School at Perry Center, Grand Blanc, Mich.
  • Danyelle Westbrook, Victor (N.Y.) Senior High School
  • Jennifer White, Museum Center at Five Points, Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Brian White, Hazelwood Central High School, Florissant, Mo.
  • Michele Widdes, Sunset Ridge School, Northfield, Ill.

Note: Additional names will be added as each seminar is finalized.


PR 12-073
ISSN 0731-3527