Jenny Nicholas taught Social Studies in the Salt Lake City School District for 21 years, specializing in AP European History, IB History and US Government courses. Her newest work will be as her school’s coordinator of the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. She is passionate about teaching—and being taught by—her students and sees history education as a critical component of shared knowledge in our society. Jenny earned a BA in History from the University of Utah, an M.A.T. from Boston University and an Ed.D. in Education, Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah. She represented the state of Utah as a James Madison Fellow and has worked for the James Madison Fellowship Foundation for many years. Jenny appreciates opportunities to learn through her association with NCHE and knows that some of the strongest ways in which she has improved her career is through her associations with skilled and passionate educators.
Chris Bunin teaches social studies and geospatial technologies at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also Assistant Professor of Geography at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the iSTEM GIS chairperson for the Virginia Geographic Alliance. During the past decade he has collaborated on a variety of projects focused on using geospatial technologies and geoliteracy to enhance historical research and instruction. He is co-author of Jamestown to Appomattox: Mapping US History with GIS (2014) and GIS for Teachers – A Guide to Authentic K-12 Integration and Application (2017). In 2016 NCSS recognized Chris as the Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and in 2017 NCGE awarded him the Brunn Creativity Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Geography. When he is not teaching or mining historical GIS data, he can be found hiking and enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife and their 3 children. You can follow him at @ahsgeo.
Mia Nagawiecki is the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker Vice President for Education Strategy and Civic Engagement at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where she directs Colonial Williamsburg’s educational outreach programs, civics initiatives, and digital presence. From 2021-2022, she served as the Center for Civic Education’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, helping bring meaningful civic and constitutional education to students and teachers around the world. She was previously Vice President for Education at the New-York Historical Society, which became a national history education provider under her guidance. Mia conceived and directed the Women & the American Story project, the first-ever comprehensive digital U.S. women’s history curriculum. Mia holds a B.A. in history from Barnard College and an M.A. in American studies from Columbia University.
Wendy Rex-Atzet is a public historian at the Utah Division of State History. She has more than ten years' experience managing the National History Day program at the state level in Colorado and in Utah. Wendy is passionate about helping young people connect with history through hands-on, relevant learning experiences. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she specialized in the environmental and cultural history of the American West. She holds an M.A. in history from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in communications from the University of Utah. Her publications include Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream, withSally L. White, and Erika D. Walker, and photography by John Fielder (2013).
Kevin S. Krahenbuhl is Interim Director of the Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement EdD Program and Assistant Professor of Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Kevin taught history for nearly a decade in K12, taught survey courses in history for several years in community college, taught social studies pedagogy and supervised pre-service teachers, and is engaged in ongoing research of cognition in history. Kevin recognizes historical understanding as among the most important for examining any issue in its context and for equipping people to engage civilly in society. He has published dozens of writings, including many peer reviewed research articles, two historical articles on the Crusades, and the release of his first book in 2018, The Decay of Truth in Education. Kevin is married to Allison and has four children: Audrey, Ethan, Sophie, and Ava.
Kristy Brugar is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a middle school social studies teacher in Maryland and Michigan. Dr. Brugar earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University.
Dr. Brugar is a recipient of the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Junior Faculty Award (2017), the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Assembly Early Career Award (2017), and the OU Robert L. and Nan A. Huddleston Presidential Professor of Education (2018).
She is a long-time member of NCHE. Her research interests include social studies and history education, interdisciplinary instruction involving history/social studies, literacy, and visual arts, and teacher development. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Butler supports and trains educators nationwide for Facing History & Ourselves. Prior to this, he led district-level PD for K-12 teachers and taught in two Atlanta-area high schools. He has worked extensively in curriculum development and professional learning for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day and the Georgia Department of Education, with particular focus on Black History. In 2012 Jason was selected to represent Georgia as a James Madison Memorial Fellow. He is the recipient of awards for teaching excellence from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies and National History Day.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Florida in Elementary Education with a minor in U.S. History, Tony DiSario began his career in Clayton County, Georgia, teaching 5th grade in an urban school south of the city of Atlanta. Known initially as an expert in mathematics pedagogy, Mr. DiSario taught Mathematics Methods at Georgia State University for three years before returning to his children’s school in Henry County, Georgia as a classroom teacher. Six years on a Teaching American History Grant shifted Mr. DiSario’s instructional focus to social studies, and after thirteen years, he left the classroom to support 27 elementary schools in social studies instruction as the Elementary Social Studies Teacher on Special Assignment. A Georgia Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Mr. DiSario currently serves as the Social Studies Coordinator for Griffin-Spalding Schools.
Charles Errico received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in American diplomatic history. He is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College where he has won teaching awards from the alumni association, the educational foundation and, in 2007, was named one of the outstanding faculty members in Virginia. Charlie participated in over forty NCHE colloquiums as part of the Teaching American History grant. His book, Portrait of America, is required reading at over sixty universities in the United States and Europe.
Tracy Garrison-Feinberg is a career educator. She taught US History and social studies in high school and community college in Austin, Texas in the 1990s, worked for Facing History and Ourselves from 1995 to 2013, directed school programs at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County from 2013 to 2017, and returned to her first love, classroom teaching, in 2017. She's currently the Humanities department head and 7th grade Humanities teacher at Clinton Hill Middle School, a charter school in Brooklyn NY. Tracy lives in Brooklyn with her husband Kevin, senior program director of the New York office of Facing History, and daughter Samantha, who will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall of 2022.
Elizabeth Grant is the Chief Program Officer for the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. She is responsible for strategic and long-term institutional planning with specific oversight of exhibitions, education, and public programs. In her time at NLM, she has established the Learning and Public Engagement team and led the team in production of expanded onsite and virtual learning programs for all ages. She has more than 15 years’ experience in collections-based education, having led education departments for museums and archives in the United States and Britain, including the New-York Historical Society, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Museum of the American Revolution. She has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, and has published on the intersection of race, place, and memory in post-industrial cities.
Sarah Jencks is Partner and Museum Learning Catalyst and at The History Co:Lab, a social venture that instigates systems change in cross-disciplinary education, connecting classrooms to community resources. For almost 15 years, she was Director of Education and Interpretation at Ford’s Theatre, where she oversaw school and teacher programs as well as interpretive strategy and digital and on-site exhibitions. Sarah previously taught middle-school history and theater. She is a volunteer leader with the American Association for State and Local History, the American Alliance of Museums' EdCom Professional Network, and the Teacher InSites collective. Sarah is on the board of the National Council for History Education and Literacy InterActives and holds an M.Ed. in School Leadership and an A.B. in American Civilization.
Freda Lin is the Co-Director of YURI Education Project, a consulting business that develops curriculum and professional learning. With a focus on Asian American and Pacific Islander stories, YURI works with PK-12 teachers and schools, creatives, and cultural institutions such as PBS and the Smithsonian Institution. Being a student activist leader for Asian American Studies at Northwestern University led her to become a middle and high school history teacher in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. After leaving the teaching field, she facilitated social movement history tours with Freedom Lifted, and consulted with the Center for Asian American Media and UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project. Freda also served as the Education Program Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, where she implemented programming to promote awareness of World War II Japanese American incarceration experience and its connection to current issues.
Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández is Pegasus Professor of History at the University of Central Florida, where he specializes in Cuban and Caribbean History. A prolific author, he has published articles in some of his field’s leading scholarly journals: Latin American Research Review, Slavery and Abolition, and Cuban Studies; his books range in subject from the early colonial Caribbean (Key to the New World ) to the Cuban Revolution (Revolutionary Cuba: A History ). His forthcoming book, All History Is Contemporary History, is a collection of columns on politics, culture, and the unimaginable events of 2019-2022.
Dr. Martínez-Fernández is also a committed public intellectual, who believes that historians have the responsibility to project their knowledge beyond the university classroom and the scholarly press to reach wider audiences. He has actively pursued this commitment through public lectures, editorial articles, participation in documentaries, through museum exhibits, and in collaborations with K-12 teachers. He brings to NCHE’s board decades of service in various leadership capacities including the Board of Trustees of the College Board and the Board of the South Atlantic Humanities Center.
Andy Mink is the Vice President for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina. After earning degrees in history from the University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina, he taught in a public middle school in central Virginia for ten years. He joined the NHC in 2016 after leadership positions at the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in which he spearheaded project-based outreach efforts for K-12 educators. He is a Master Teacher with the Organization of American Historians in their Distinguished Speaker Program and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Council for Social Studies.
Alana D. Murray, PhD is an educator-activist who has taught world history on both the middle- and high-school levels and currently serves as a middle school principal at Shady Grove Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland public schools. She has created pilot lessons on African-American history, conducted youth leadership training workshops for several organizations and provided professional development to educators at conferences across the country. More recently, her research interests center on supporting principals in developing the skills to be culturally reflective school-based leaders. In 2005, she served as the co-editor of the publication, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching with Deborah Menkart and Dr. Jenice View. She is the author ofThe Development of the Alternative Black Curriculum, 1890-1940: Countering the Master Narrative. This book focuses on the impact of black women in shaping the social studies field.
Murray received a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a M.A.T. from Brown University, and her PhD from the University of Maryland. Her work on this project stems from both professional and personal experience. She is the granddaughter of Donald Gaines Murray, whose landmark lawsuit against the University of Maryland Law School successfully desegregated the university. Her grandparents dedicated their careers to an equal education for all children and her parents instilled the critical roles of research and community organizing.
Whitney Olson is an educational consultant, working primarily for the Sacramento County Office of Education. She has ten years' experience coordinating the California National History Day program. Whitney is also the CEO of the California Foundation for History Education. Her work is centered on supporting educators with professional development and providing opportunities for students to engage in historical research and civic engagement. She holds an M.A. in history from Pace University, a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University.
Born and raised in Washington State, Josh Reid (registered member of the Snohomish Indian Nation) is an associate professor of American Indian Studies and the John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of California, Davis, and is a three-time Ford Foundation Fellow. He has published extensively on American Indian and Indigenous history. Reid currently directs the university’s Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest and edits the Emil and Kathleen Sick Series on Western History and Biography with UW Press and the Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. He serves on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review and the editorial advisory board of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Reid currently researches Indigenous explorers in the Pacific, from the late eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. His broader research interests include the North American West, environmental history, borderlands, and the Indigenous Pacific.
Mike Williams serves as the Education Projects Manager for the National Humanities Center, in Durham, NC. As a former history teacher, he has twice been recognized as the Warren County Schools Teacher of the Year and the 2017 Organization of American Historians Tachau National Teacher of the Year. He has published works in the texts "Family History In The Classroom" and "When We Were British: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Visualizing Early America,” and was featured as a contributing author in Time Magazine’s “25 Moments That Changed History” series. He has been awarded fellowships through the West Indies Teacher Institute and Rural Teachers Global Trust where his research connected classrooms in London, Scotland, Ghana and Barbados. He serves in a number of capacities, including the Executive Board of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, North Carolina Geographic Alliance, UNC-Duke African Diaspora Fellows Program and Warren County Community Center Executive Board.
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