June 7, 2017 (REVISED July 12, 2017) 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 (202) 707-8735
Website: Teaching Resources at the Library of Congress

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 from June through August.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a 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.

One session was designed for educators who teach about science, technology or engineering. Activities draw on subject-related treasures of the Library, with an emphasis on such topics as the nature of science, scientific and engineering practices, interdependence of science, technology and engineering, the historical context of discovery and invention, and more. Another special session featured World War I resources from the Library’s collections.

Educators attending 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-August 2017)

  • Tess Alfonsin, St. Mary's Hall, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kristin Alkire, Otsego (Mich.) High School
  • Michael Allard, Madison Street Academy, Ocala, Fla.
  • Lori Austin, Gabriel Abbott Memorial School, Florida, Mass.
  • Deborah Bahu, School District of Manatee County, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Patricia Barker, Bryson Middle School, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Kevin Barnett, Baltimore (Md.) City College High School
  • Katie Batting, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Midland, Pa.
  • Jennifer Benson, Concord (Mass.) Carlisle High School
  • Joanna Best, Roberts Field School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Angela Biletnikoff, Benicia (Calif.) Middle School
  • Rocky Boelter, Lakeville North High School, Lakeville, Minn.
  • Laurie Boulden, Warner University, Lake Wales, Fla.
  • Kim Bradley, George Washington Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Adam Brahosky, Snow Hill (Md.) High School,
  • Aaron Branda, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Md.
  • Jessica Brickey, Middle School for Art and Philosophy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Angela Briorn, El Rodeo School, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Barbara Bromley, Ridgetop Middle School, Silverdale, WA
  • Jaime Brookman, Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, Richmond, Va.
  • Jerek Brown, North Atlanta (Ga.) High School
  • Lisa Brown, Sam Houston State University, Hunstville, Texas
  • Nancy Brown, Eastchester (N.Y.) High School
  • Kelli Buck, Robert Wagner Middle School, New York, N.Y.
  • David Campos, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
  • Gary Chicko, Manassas Park (Va.) High School
  • Robin Cicchetti, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School
  • Rebecca Cochrane, Charter Oak International Academy, West Hartford, Conn.
  • Rebecca Couet, Taunton (Mass.) Public Schools
  • Mary Coutts, Severn School, Severna Park, Md.
  • Eileen Cunningham, Orville Todd Middle School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Nancy Cussary, Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Jennifer Day, Huntington (W.Va.) High School
  • Gayle Dill, Fairview High School/lFM Middle School, Fairview Park, Ohio
  • Doug Duda, Manchester Academic Charter School, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Adrienne Dunkerley, International School of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Kirsten Dunlap, Glendale Acres Elementary School, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Laura Dunn, Potter Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.
  • Sarah Feldman, Haviland Middle School, Hyde Park, N.Y.
  • Cindy Foley, West Boylston (Mass.) Middle/High School
  • Chelsea Francis, Cedar Fork Elementary School, Morrisville, N.C.
  • Jennifer Genova, Woodbury Middle School, Salem, N.H.
  • Eric Gershman, Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim, Pa.
  • Barbara Gowan, Paradise Valley School District, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Mary Allis Gracheck, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, Dallas, Texas
  • Melissa Green, Dogwood Elementary School, Reston, Va.
  • Victor Haley, Fernbank Elementary School, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Rachel Hallett-Njuguna, Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Fla.
  • Lisa Hamlin, Public School 32 State Street, Flushing, N.Y.
  • Ilene Haney, Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Fla.
  • Billie Hoag, New Lexington (Ohio) Middle & High Schools
  • Jennifer Hoyer, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library
  • Claire Hruban, Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Kelley Hunt, Brook Glenn Elementary School, Taylors, S.C.
  • Valerie Hyder, Adairsville (Ga.) Middle School
  • Amy Hysan, Mill Creek Middle School, Lusby, Md.
  • Tracy Ingram, Len Lastinger Primary , Tifton, Ga.
  • Brian Jones, Lawrence High School, Fairfield, Maine
  • Amy Kane, Kenwood Elementary School, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
  • Kannan Kasi, Palmetto Middle School, Mullins, S.C.
  • Aaron Kavanagh, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster, Calif.
  • Dana Kepler, Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Shaadi Khoury, King's Academy, Madaba-Manja, Jordan
  • Heather Kindschy, Mt. Bethel Elementary School, Marietta, Ga.
  • William Leftwich, Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va.
  • Elizabeth Lewellen, Mary Fay Pendleton School, Oceanside, Calif.
  • Maria Lowe, Buffalo & Erie County (N.Y.) Public Library
  • Heather Lucas, Carroll County Middle School, Hillsville, Va.
  • Lauren Lynn, Huntingtown (Md.) Elementary School
  • Kevin Mahady, Quartz Hill (Calif.) High School
  • Kristen Majkut, Albany (N.Y.) High School
  • John Mallick, John Sevier Middle School, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Andrea Mangold, Holland (Pa.) Elementary School
  • Emily Martinac, Eastover (N.C.) Central Elementary School of Arts
  • Cricket McCaffrey-Clark, Concord (Mass.) Carlisle High School
  • Andrew McCloskey, North American Martyrs Catholic School, Monroeville, Pa.
  • Mary Anne McGill, San Francisco (Calif.) Waldorf High School
  • Paula McGrew, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va.
  • Jane McGuire, Hopewell Elementary School, Taunton, Mass.
  • Christine McKinzie, Allen Park (Mich.) High School
  • Erin Menard, Emolior Academy, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Lynn Messina, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Orlando, Fla.
  • Jane Morrison Correctional Institute, Hoffman, N.C.
  • Carol Moroz, Manchester Township (N.J.) High School
  • Vanessa Mosqueda, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Shameemah Motala, Jeffrey Trail Middle School, Irvine, Calif.
  • Patti Motley, John F. Pattie Elementary School, Dumfries, Va.
  • Mary Murphy, Notre Dame De Sion High School, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kemba N'Namdi', Kestrel Heights Elementary School, Durham, N.C.
  • Gail Nelson, Harwinton (Conn.) Consolidated School
  • Harrison Noah, Skyline High School, Oakland, Calif.
  • Melissa Olson, Camp Lejeune (N.C.) High School
  • Heather Partington, Elk Grove (Calif.) High School
  • Kevin Pennucci, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School
  • William Penny, Fusion Academy, Washington, D.C.
  • Vanessa Perez, Clinton (Okla.) High School
  • Brenda Pffaff, Grand Prairie (Texas) High School
  • Mary Piasecki, Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Jeanette Pine, Brookland-Cayce Grammar School #1, West Columbia, S.C.
  • Sandra Piper, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Vanessa Prell, Jewish Primary Day School, Washington, D.C.
  • Deborah Pruitt, Glen Crest Middle School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Kimberly Pinkham, Kingsway Middle School, Woolwich Township, N.J.
  • Manio Reed, Samoana High School, Utulei, American Samoa
  • Susan Rice, Pryor (Okla.) High School
  • Crystal Ricks, Liberty Point Elementary School, Union City, Ga.
  • Juan Rivera, A. Philip Randolph High School, New York, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Rocca, Brookfield High School, Brookfield, Conn.
  • Jean Samuel, Swanson Middle School, Arlington, Va.
  • Margaret Sawyer, Greenbrier Intermediate School, Chesapeake, Va.
  • Jena Sibille, Fulton County Schools, Hapeville, Ga.
  • Kathy Simmons, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, Md.
  • Katrina Simmons, Savannah Heights Intermediate School, Von Ormy, Texas
  • Sallie Singleton, Fernbank Elementary School, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Amanda Smith, Teaching Museum, Roswell, Ga.
  • Maile Steimer, Jones Middle School, Buford, Ga.
  • Alan Stell, Norfolk (Va.) Collegiate
  • Kaci Sublette-Marks, Key West (Fla.) High School
  • Brenda Svendsen, Winona (Minn.) Middle School
  • Amy Thomas-Martinez, Sheridan School, Washington, D.C.
  • Jordan Thurman, Calico Rock (Ark.) High School
  • Mary Todd, Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Nicola Turner, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, St Paul, Minn.
  • Jane Varnell, Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts
  • Helen Vassiliou, Endeavor Elementary School, West Chester, Ohio
  • Kevin Walter, Northern Valley Regional High School, Glen Rock, N.J.
  • Wendy Waterman, Aurora (Colo.) Frontier P-8 School
  • Cody Weadge, Winona (Minn.) Middle School
  • Kelly Whelan, Kent (Conn.) School
  • Sarah Wilson, Mayo Demonstration School, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Rachael Yaden, Lincoln County Middle School, Stanford, Ky.
  • Phyllis Zagrobeln, St. Raphael Catholic School, Raleigh, N.C.


PR 17-077
ISSN 0731-3527