The Life Guard Teacher Fellowship Program supports the creation of classroom materials and teacher resources about the life, legacy, and leadership of George Washington. Fellows live and study at the Washington Library on the grounds of Mount Vernon as they work to create educational resources that meet 21st-century classroom needs.

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Stacia Smith Bystrowski

Paxton Center School in Paxton, Massachusetts

Stacia will create materials that ask middle school students to conduct research using primary sources to consider questions relating to George Washington and sports. Students will use evidence to support questions such as “Would Washington support my favorite sports team based on his travels and relationships to the area where I live?” and “Which modern sports might Washington participate in as either athlete or spectator?”

Dr. Ted Green

Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Teacher Education Department, School of Education at Webster University 

Ted will meet pre-service teacher needs through the creation of resources that will help to hone research skills through more intentional use of primary source materials, create awareness of pedagogical practices centered around Living History, and explore the application of social media and other technology platforms to engage learners on the “man and the myth” that surround George Washington. 

Julie Alice Huson

Sun Valley Elementary School in Mill Valley, California

Julie will create a read-aloud play, suitable for elementary school production, featuring the diverse personalities of George Washington’s world at Mount Vernon. Included in these personalities will be indentured servants, journeyman craftsmen, and people from other nations who came under the influence of the president within the early years of his ownership of the property and into the Revolutionary War years.

Dr. Eric Langhorst

Discovery Middle School in Liberty, Missouri.

Eric will work with Mount Vernon's archaeology staff and use their current project at the slave cemetery to create a lesson plan that can be used in middle school classrooms. The lesson will teach students basic fundamentals of archaeology using real world examples, giving students the opportunity to think like historians while investigating archaeology conducted at Mount Vernon.

Marcia Motter

Archie Clayton Pre-AP Academy in Reno, Nevada

Marcia will use existing primary and secondary sources to create Common Core aligned materials about different aspects of George Washington’s life. Two types of resources that she will be focusing on are Close Reads and One-Pagers. Both of these strategies use complex texts, vocabulary analysis, and questioning strategies to help get students to a deeper understanding of a topic.

Kelsey Snyder

Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Kelsey will produce classroom resources to help high school students examine and analyze George Washington’s perceptions of himself in the context of major events in his life such as the French and Indian War, the Revolution, and the Presidency. A platform to continue the discussion of self-perception and leadership throughout the study of American History will also be included in her resources.

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