Twenty-two FBISD teachers were selected as participants of the Department of Education’s Teaching American History grant program. The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history.
FBISD teachers selected for the program are: Katie Braucht of Crockett Middle School, Courtney De Los Santos of Austin Parkway Elementary School. Jonathan Erekson of Dulles High School, Kelley Falleroni of Walker Station Elementary School, Peter Garcia of Sartartia Middle School, David Householder of Travis High School, Jeremy Michael Ide of Missouri City Middle School, Chassidy Jeanminette of McAuliffe Middle School, Valton Krantz of First Colony Middle School, Deborah Le of Seguin Elementary School, Melody McClean of Oakland Elementary School, Jeff McConnell of Baines Middle School, Aaron Minor of Schiff Elementary School, Allonie Moncriffe of Willowridge High School, Joseph Naughton of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, Jennifer O’Callaghan of Dulles Middle School, Jessica Paolini of Barrington Place Elementary School, Janette Robertson of Bush High School, Scott Schultz of Marshall High School, Joel Spaulding of Mission West Elementary School, Erin Tenczar of Kempner High School, and Judith Yap of Briargate Elementary School.
Through the “Teachers as Historians” program, Fort Bend and Spring Branch ISDs work with Rice University to provide content-rich teacher professional development for district American history and social studies teachers. Teacher historians received a two-week professional development seminar at Rice University. They attended a one-week, in-depth field study in Washington, D.C that included lectures and guided tours at Manassas, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg, Appomattox, Ford’s Theater, and Arlington National Cemetery. Other opportunities will include three content workshops during the school year; curriculum resources valued at $425, up to 90 hours of professional development credits; and the opportunity to apply for up to $750 in “Teaching Improvement Grants.” Participants will also develop two original lessons related to their grant studies and experiences learning more about traditional American history.