Aaron Blankenship is a third-year 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies teacher originally from Ohio. He teaches at Nome-Beltz Jr./Sr. High in Nome, Alaska. He received his B.A. in a double major of Adolescent Social Studies Education and History from the University of Akron. Aaron has a passion for civics and student involvement, taking students in groups to petition local governments, advising his school's student council, and co-sponsoring a Washington D.C. trip for students that teaches skills of civic involvement and adaptable job skills. He is excited to take this institute so that he can help develop his understanding of different approaches to teaching history and embracing a non-Western approach to history. The Nome region is home to Inupiaq, Yupik, and Siberian Yupik clans and villages, who have had a dark history with the schooling system and its abuses. Aaron hopes that information learned at this institute can help him and his school start to bridge the divide that still exists on his community.
Nome-Beltz Jr./Sr. High in Nome, Alaska