May 29, 2013 (REVISED July 29, 2013) 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 500 applicants to participate in a series of Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June 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 five 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. All educators can access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at

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. Those selected 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 resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at

Participants in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes (June-August 2013)

  • Elise Allen, Stafford High School, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Aruna Arjunan, Central High School, Philadelphia
  • Kristen Armstrong, Capitol Hill Day School, Washington, D.C.
  • Gary Bailey, Greensburg (Ind.) Community High School
  • Jennifer Bean, Brunswick (Md.) Middle School
  • Mary Ellen Bell, Wiscasset (Maine) High School
  • Wendy Bieneman, Palm Beach Day Academy, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Leah Bishop, Freedom Middle School, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Tracy Blackburn, Estancia (N.M.) Upper Elementary School
  • Tom Bober, R.M. Captain Elementary School, Clayton, Mo.
  • Becky Boswell, Lefler Middle School, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Jennifer Buffa, Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, Va.
  • Elizabeth Burkhardt, Grand Center Arts Academy, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Emily Cagle, Meadowlark Elementary School, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Robin Carlson, Farmington (Minn.) High School
  • Marianne Chang, Lockeford (Calif.) School
  • Judy Clegg, University School of Milwaukee
  • Dawn Clemens, Beacon (N.Y.) High School
  • Michelle Colte, Hale Kula Elementary School, Wahiawa, Hawaii
  • Diane Cormack, Norwood Elementary School, Stonewood, W.Va.
  • Amy Cox, Southern Middle School, Lusby, Md.
  • Kari Dalane, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Jennifer Davis, Oxford Hills Middle School, South Paris, Maine
  • Lori Dearmore, Naselle (Wash.) School
  • Judy Deichman, Nottoway Middle School, Crewe, Va.
  • Larry Dexter, Canyon Valley School, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Mary Kay Kasten Dickinson, Lincoln Elementary, Hartford, Wisc.
  • Joy Durant, Estancia (N.M.) Upper Elementary School
  • Robert Ellis, Cosby High School, Midlothian, Va.
  • Chandra Emerson, South Oldham High School, Crestwood, Ky.
  • Rebecca Emert, Livingston (N.J.) High School
  • Heidi Engle, Sky Valley Education Center, Monroe, Wash.
  • Laura Fank, Pella (Iowa) Community High School
  • Angela Finn, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Joshua Fradel, Worcester County Public Schools, Newark, Md.
  • Joanna Freeman, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Shoreline, Wash.
  • Maria Veronica la Frossia, MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Pamala Gasway, West Vigo Middle School, West Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Ronda Gettel, Highland Park Elementary, Pueblo, Colo.
  • Karyn Gloden, Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Maria Gore, Deep Creek Middle School, Essex, Md.
  • Arianna Grassia, Farragut Middle School, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
  • Hilarie Hall, The Woods Academy, Bethesda, Md.
  • Nancy Hammond, James River Elementary School, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Claire Hanaee, Montgomery College, Rockville, Md.
  • Jayson Hart, Hood Canal School, Skokomish Nation, Wash.
  • Jennifer Hatch, N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction
  • Mary Ann Hebert, Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES School Library System, Olean, N.Y.
  • Crystal Heyland, Walnut Cove (N.C.) and London Elementary Schools
  • Kelly Hillesland, Vista Del Lago High School, Folsom, Calif.
  • Allen Hopkins, Milton Somers Middle School, La Plata, Md.
  • Lynn Hopkins, Milton Somers Middle School, La Plata, Md.
  • Kristina Hortert, Mercy Academy, Louisville, Ky.
  • Curry Rose Hoskey, Berwyn Heights (Md.) Elementary School
  • Nicole Hunter, San Francisco University High School
  • Joquetta Johnson, Pikesville High School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Valerie Jopeck, Camelot Elementaray School, Annandale, Va.
  • Victoria Karakasis, St. Peter Chanel High School, Bedford, Ohio
  • Andrew Ketchum, Cristo Rey Brooklyn (N.Y.) High School
  • Michael Kirby, North Point High School, Waldorf, Md.
  • Nancy Kirby, North Point High School, Waldorf, Md.
  • Nicole Kukral, Area 3 Writing Project, Davis, Calif.
  • Courtney Lander, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Ruther Glen, Va.
  • Kelli Langel, Sioux Center (Iowa) Middle School
  • Linda Larrabee, Burlington-Edison (Wash.) North High School
  • Wendy Larson, Farmington (Minn.) High School
  • Jennifer Lawler, Hudson (Ohio) Middle School
  • Lori Lincoln, Horizon Middle School, Ferndale, Wash.
  • Hilary Loftus, Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools
  • Anna Lauth, Margaret Beeks Elementary School, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Karen Lundberg, Crest Academy, Salida, Colo.
  • Karen Mackley, Isaac Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria, Calif.
  • Darla Mallein, Emporia (Kan.) State University
  • Joanna Marek, Spring Avenue Elementary School, La Grange, Ill.
  • Alexis Mazur, Beall Elementary School, Rockville, Md.
  • Desiree McCullough,Warden (Wash.) Middle School
  • Elizabeth McCurdy, Mansion Avenue School, Audubon, N.J.
  • Rhonda McGee, Northshore School District, Bothell, Wash.
  • Jennifer McDonald, Bourne (Mass.) High School
  • Linda McMurtrie, Stirling Elementary School, Hollywood, Fla.
  • Janielle Mitchell, Rogue River (Ore.) Elementary School
  • Diane Nelson, Mark Delay Elementary School, Darien, Ill.
  • Susan Novick, High School For Health Professions & Human Services, New York, N.Y.
  • Gregory O'Brien, Contoocook Valley Regional High School, Peterborough, N.H.
  • Brandon Otte, Maplewood (Minn.) Middle School
  • Janae Oveson, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Carrie Page, Pasco Eschool, New Port Richey, Fla.
  • Heidi Painter, Folsom (Calif.) High School
  • Yolanda Pato, Frazier School District, Perryopolis, Pa.
  • Lori Perez, Livingston (N.J.) High School
  • Susan Pfohman, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, Ore.
  • Marsha Pile, Walker Mill Middle School, Capitol Heights, Md.
  • Joleen Pillar, Gilbert School, Winsted, Conn.
  • Brian Pletsch, University of Chicago Charter School, Carter G. Woodson Middle School Campus
  • Lea Porter, West Fork (Ark.) Elementary School
  • Lisa Prentiss, Ridgway (Colo.) Secondary School
  • Peggy Rinkenberger, Morris (Minn.) Area High School
  • Eric Rouse, Norview High School, Norfolk, Va.
  • Shelby Salley, Tomahawk Creek Middle School, Midlothian, Va.
  • Melanie Salter, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Anthony Salvucci, Brownsville (Pa.) Area High School
  • Brieanna Samples-Wright, D.C. Scholars Stanton Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
  • Deborah Schiano, Lounsberry Hollow Middle School, Vernon, N.J.
  • James Schneider, Schenectady (N.Y.) High School
  • Krista Skewis, Horizon Middle School, Ferndale, Wash.
  • Patrick Slowey, Soroco High School, Oak Creek, Colo.
  • Catherine Spinella, West Essex Middle School, North Caldwell, N.J.
  • Andrea Sporre, Bates Middle School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Deanna Staake, UCLA Lab School, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Meredith Stewart, Cary (N.C.) Academy
  • Leslie Sullivan, Palmetto Scholars Academy, North Charleston, S.C.
  • Virginia Sutherin, Old Mill High School, Millersville, Md.
  • Danna Szymanski, Summit Middle School, Edmond, Okla.
  • Kevin Tambara, National Science Foundation
  • Carol Thornton, Tracey's Elementary School, Tracy's Landing, Md.
  • Elise Thrash, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Tara Ulmer, Southwood Junior-Senior High School, Wabash, Ind.
  • Beth Valentine, Hapeville (Ga.) Elementary School
  • Dedra Van Gelder, Milton Somers Middle School, La Plata, Md.
  • Stormy Vogel, North Penn High School, Lansdale, Pa.
  • Tanya Wassink, Kelly Walsh High School, Casper, Wyo.
  • Christy Wauzzinski, Burris Laboratory School, Muncie, Ind.
  • Kate Wells, Tunstall Middle School, Dry Fork, Va.
  • Craig Wesolowski, All Saints Central Middle and High School, Bay City, Mich.
  • Connie Williams, Petaluma (Calif.) High School
  • Sue Wise, Waynesburg (Pa.) University
  • Rochelle Ibanez Wolberg, Palm Beach Day Academy, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Carla Wood, Perry (Iowa) Middle School
  • Brittany Zalud, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Va.


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ISSN 0731-3527