June 8, 2016 Educators Nationwide to Participate in Summer Teacher Institutes

Press Contact: John Sayers, Office of Communications (202) 707-9216
Public Contact: Lee Ann Potter, Educational Outreach

Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place in June and July.

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 programs, 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.

One of the sessions was for educators who teach about science, technology or engineering. Activities draw upon the Library's treasures related to these areas, with an emphasis on the nature of science, scientific and engineering practices, interdependence of science, technology and engineering, the historical context of discovery and invention, and more.

Educators attending all of the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with 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 may freely access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at loc.gov/teachers/.

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 period 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 is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Participants in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes (June-July 2016)

  • Susan Adams, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Melanie Alimusa, St. Mary-Basha Catholic Elementary School, Chandler, Arizona
  • Karen Bentall, Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia
  • Rachel Best, Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Greg Beyer, Oliver Wolcott Technical School, Torrington, Connecticut
  • Kara Boehne-Miele, Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jessica Boggs, Jonesborough Elementary School, Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Charlotte Bray, Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
  • Colleen Briner-Schmidt, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, California
  • Joe Bronzi, Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
  • Elaine Cabrera, Dandan Middle School, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Katie Capp, Belgrade (Montana) High School
  • Andrea Carnes, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Massachusetts
  • Natasha Carty, Montessori Elementary School, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Michelle Castrofilippo, Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho, New York
  • Donna Catapano, Automotive High School, Brooklyn, New York
  • Kim Clark, Novi (Michigan) Meadows Elementary School
  • Debra Cohen, Thomas Grover Middle School, West Windsor, New Jersey
  • Pam Coomer, Fairdale (Kentucky) High School
  • Jenny Cox, Georgetown (South Carolina) Country School District
  • Diane Daniel, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
  • Deborah Domingues-Murphy, City Charter High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Alexandra Drone, John Adams Elementary School, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jennifer Dry, Cedar Fork Elementary School, Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Jennifer Eckert-Toler, San Clemente (California) High School
  • Natalie Ernstes, Shongum School, Randolph, New Jersey
  • Evelyn Fabito, Perrywood & Williams Elementary Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Kathleen Finke, Murray Language Academy, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Flaherty, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kent, Ohio
  • Elizabeth Foreman, Bob Mathis Elementary School, Decatur, Georgia
  • Deborah Gaby, Wawasee Community Schools, Syracuse, Indiana
  • Robert Gallopini, Long Beach Middle School, Lido Beach, New York
  • Tamako Garcia, Greenbelt (Maryland) Middle School
  • Jess Garman, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California
  • Daniel Gattuso, Washington Grove Elementary School, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Lauren Genesky, Millbrook High School, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ashleigh Gillespie, Butterfield Trail Middle School, Van Buren, Arkansas
  • Erin Gilmore, Adrian (Michigan) High School
  • Wendy Glasser, Concord Hill School, Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Jason Glezman, Plainfield (New Jersey) High School
  • Carol Gnojewski, Hidden River Middle School, Snohomish, Washington
  • Daniel Goldman, Rosa Parks Middle School, Olney, Maryland
  • Darlene Goodier, Ridgeview High School, Orange Park, Florida
  • Derrith Green, Windsor (Connecticut) High School
  • Stephanie Harris, Lake Norman High School, Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Leora Henry, Shalimar (Florida) Elementary School
  • Kelly Herberholz, Dakota High School, Macomb, Michigan
  • Katherine Hoover, Wylie (Texas) High School
  • Jodi Jackson, Oak Harbor (Washington) Middle School
  • Lisa Jacobsmeyer, Henderson Elementary School, Montclair, Virginia
  • Dianne Johnston, Maclay School, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Thomas Kelly, Stafford (Virginia) Middle School
  • Josie Kennicott, Western Dubuque High School, Epworth, Iowa
  • Emilia King, Concord Hill School, Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Dawn Knoll, Paynesville (Minnesota) Area Secondary School
  • Mary Kowing, Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools
  • Libby Kramer, Santa Fe Trail Elementary School, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Natalie Krouskop, Harnett Central Middle School, Angier, North Carolina
  • Amy Lagers, Zarrow International School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ryan Lambert, Farmington (Illinois) Central School District
  • Pam Lebret, Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • Bernadette Linero, Sherman (Connecticut) School
  • Kelly Lock-McMillen, Benton High School, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Robert Lurie, Waverly High School, Lansing, Michigan
  • Lauren Magnuson, Kenwood High IB and Sports Science, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sally Markiewicz, Henry Abbott Technical High School, Danbury, Connecticut
  • Tom McCaffrey, Jasper High School, Plano, Texas
  • Jennifer McElroy, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster, California
  • Susan McMillin, Oak Ridge Elementary School, Palos Hills, Illinois
  • Michelle Menna, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia
  • Mana Merritt, Homestead Elementary School, Centennial, Colorado
  • Cynthia Millman, The Town School, New York, New York
  • Linda Mitchell, Stonewall Middle School, Manassas, Virginia
  • Dora Miura, Saipan Southern High School, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Anne Mlod, Genesee Elementary School, Auburn, New York
  • Ron Montesi, Goff Middle School, East Greenbush, New York
  • Gwynn Moore, Aurora (Colorado) Frontier P-8
  • Patrick Moran, Saint Paul's Choir School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Kristin Muncey, Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
  • Mayra Negron, Concourse Village Elementary School PS 359X, Bronx, New York
  • Caren Norris, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Leah Nuckels, McLain Junior High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Diane Odbert, Knowledge Quest Academy, Milliken, Colorado
  • Jeri Lynn Palmer, Meramec Elementary, Clayton, Missouri
  • Lisa Pearson, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Shakira Perez, Classical Magnet School, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Janie Pickett, Eureka (Missouri) High School
  • Kathryn Powers, James Quinn Elementary School, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • Tyler Proffitt, Stonehaven School, Marietta, Georgia
  • Christine Pulgar, Glen Oaks School, Hickory Hills, Illinois
  • Debra Rabiner, Long Beach Middle School, Lido Beach, New York
  • Jennifer Reiter, Gilman School, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Marisela Reyes, El Paso, Texas
  • Donna Roberts, Rock Hill (South Carolina) High School
  • Kevin Robinson, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jessica Rollins, Homestead Elementary School, Crossville, Tennessee
  • Jordis Rosberg, City and Country School, New York, New York
  • Stephanie Rous, Corinth Holders High School, Wendell, North Carolina
  • Joseph Vincent San Nicolas, Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Shubha Sarode, Goldstein High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn, New York
  • Anne Schoelz, Russell Boulevard Elementary School, Columbia, Missouri
  • Julie Schwab, West Ridge Elementary School, Thornton, Colorado
  • Nancy Segal, City and Country School, New York, New York
  • Leslie Sering, Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Victoria Sharkey, St. Andrew Catholic School, Orlando, Florida
  • Judy Shipley, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas
  • Elizabeth Smerczak-Zorza, Berkeley County School District, Moncks Corner, South Carolina
  • Sara Snider, Copeland Manor Elementary School, Libertyville, Illinois
  • Linda Sparkuhl, El Camino School, Santa Barbara, California
  • Karen Stein, Ratcliffe Elementary School, Henrico, Virginia
  • Peter Swartley, Baltimore (Maryland) City College High School
  • Robin Tatu, Langley School, McLean, Virginia
  • Deborah Tong, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine
  • Casey Vogel, Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School, San Francisco, California
  • Regina Wallace, Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, Georgia
  • Katherine Walker, State College (Pennsylvania) Area High School
  • Alison Walter, Francis Hammond Middle School, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Courtney Warren, Glen Ridge (New Jersey) High School
  • Kenneth Williams, Oxon Hill Middle School, Ft. Washington, Maryland
  • Lisa Wininger, Plainwell (Michigan) Middle School STEM Academy
  • Jenny Winston, University School of Nashville (Tennessee)
  • Lindsey Wooldridge, Madrona Middle School, Torrance, California
  • Anne Marie Wotkyns, Kittridge Elementary School, Van Nuys, California
  • Heather Zwanziger, John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


PR 16-102
ISSN 0731-3527