2013 Summer Scholars

Amanda Elizabeth Prouty

Amanda Elizabeth Prouty has been fortunate enough to live in six different states and three countries, from Iowa to South Korea. She attended Grinnell College in Iowa, receiving her undergraduate degree in 2003; Lesley University in Massachusetts, earning her Master’s degree in education in 2005; and is working toward her second Master’s degree, in history, at Salem State University. ... continue reading

Anne Hester

Anne Hester graduated from the University of South Florida, majoring in History and Psychology. She started teaching in 2004 and has been at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Florida since 2005. She currently teaches 11th grade American History and 10th grade World History. She has also just been chosen as Social Studies Department Head. ... continue reading

Bernadette Ward

Bernadette Ward is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended both Tulsa Public Schools and Catholic Schools. She is the oldest of eight and has one daughter and three great grandchildren. She has taught for twenty-five years in Tulsa, including Consumer Service Management and Special Education. She taught for five years in a Maximum Security Facility for... continue reading

Brenda Cowe

Brenda Cowe is a school library media specialist at the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, where she also edits the young adult art and literary journal Dazzle. She has previously worked as a social worker and grant writer. Some of Brenda's interests include singing with the Buffalo Master Chorale, writing poetry, jewelry design and photography.... continue reading

Darlene Cronin

Darlene Cronin, a member of the Navajo Nation and currently teaches at Wingate High School, Ft. Wingate, New Mexico. Her clans are Zuni Red Streak into Water clan and born for the Big Water clan. She has taught on the Navajo reservation for the last 25+ years. She has a Masters degree from the University of Kansas in Science Education and ABD from the University... continue reading

Diana Mackiewicz

Diana T. Mackiewicz is Computer Dept. Head and a history educator at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA. She traveled and taught in China, took an NCTA study tour to Japan, and participated in a 2011 NEH program on the Himalayas.  Studying Native Americans comes easy when living in New England since the landscape still bears the names of many Indian tribes and... continue reading

Jennifer Gomez

Jennifer Gomez has taught history for eight years at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida and she currently teaches 9th grade World History and 11th grade American History. Jennifer earned an M.A. in History at the University of North Florida with a focus on Native American studies in December 2009. In May of that... continue reading

Julia Loving

Julia Loving is a product of the New York City public school system where she has worked as a School Media Specialist for 17 years. Currently, she works at the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus in the Bronx, New York. The campus consists of seven schools, all with different visions, but with the same mission, which is to provide “a quality education for... continue reading

Leslie Ihrig

Leslie Ihrig is a 5th grade teacher at Grant Elementary School in Petaluma, CA. She has been married for 25 years to husband Craig has two sons – Griffin, 19 and Keenan, 24. She majored in fine arts in college but history has become her passion. She served as Teacher-Leader for a three-year TAH project 2008-2011 and as a... continue reading

Matt Livingood

Matt Livingood grew up in Louisville, KY and holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Louisville. He taught middle school social studies at St. Francis School in Goshen, KY then practiced law (1980-2010) in Tulsa, OK, concentrating on environmental matters and, later, international transactions. He served as an elected... continue reading