ROCHESTER, WA, June 21 – Grand Mound Elementary School (GMES) teacher, Teresa Kelley-Brooks, has been selected from a nation-wide applicant pool as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar to attend one of 22 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.
The NEH is a federal agency that supports summer study opportunities so teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
Kelley-Brooks will participate in a workshop entitled “From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest.” The one-week program will be held this summer in Seattle at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and will be taught by national and local faculty including Dorothy Fujita-Rony (University of California, Irvine), Madeline Hsu (University of Texas at Austin), Shirley Hune (University of Washington), Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington), Erika Lee (University of Minnesota), Gary Y. Okihiro (Columbia University), and Gail M. Nomura (University of Washington).
The seminar will offer lectures and field trips to regional sites of historic and cultural significance such as Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, the city of Port Townsend, Eagledale Ferry Dock-Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, and the Khalsa Gurmat Center (Sikh education site) in Renton.
Teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses. The approximately 1,500 teachers who participate in these programs will teach more than 198,000 American students the following year.
To learn about this and other NEH Landmarks Workshops being offered this summer, visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summerprograms.