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National Humanities Center Names 2024–25 Teacher Advisory Council

July 8, 2024

Twenty Educators Selected to Advise on NHC Education Programs

The National Humanities Center (NHC) has announced the selection of twenty talented educators from across the country for its 2024–25 Teacher Advisory Council. These teachers, from schools in fifteen states, will work with the NHC’s staff in piloting, evaluating, and promoting classroom resources and professional development programs for collegiate and pre-collegiate educators.

The Teacher Advisory Council was formed by the National Humanities Center to aid in its ongoing effort to encourage excellence in humanities teaching at all levels. “The Center’s education resource collections and professional development offerings support teachers from across the country,” said NHC Director of Education Programs Mike Williams, “and our teacher advisors help ensure that our classroom tools and professional development experiences are pedagogically sound and relevant in a wide variety of classroom settings. Our advisory council members represent an array of learning environments working with students at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level.”

The newly named council members include:

  • Elizabeth Ault, Shawnee Mission West High School (Overland Park, KS)
  • Dan Barish, Baylor University (Waco, TX)
  • Raven Cathey, Southside High School (Chocowinity, NC)
  • Gregory Gallet, Ridge High School (Basking Ridge, NJ)
  • Deanna Gomez, Bloom Trail High School (Chicago Heights, IL)
  • Matthew Hicks, St Teresa’s Academy (Kansas City, MO)
  • Guy Hill, Triton High School (Erwin, NC)
  • Kamasi Hill, Evanston Township High School (Evanston, IL)
  • Zoë Holl, Ethel Walker School (Simsbury, CT)
  • Ryan Hurley, Urban Community School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Nick Kennedy, Arroyo Grande High School (Arroyo Grande, CA)
  • Jonathan Lancaster, Bergen County Academies (Hackensack, NJ)
  • Angela Lee, Weston High School (Weston, MA)
  • Michele Metzler, Camden Hills Regional High School (Rockport, ME)
  • Elizabeth Mulcahy, Augusta County Public Schools (Staunton, VA)
  • Sara Olds, Alameda Middle School (Pocatello, ID)
  • Michelle Rich, Denver East High School (Denver, CO)
  • Samora Sobukwe, Leadership Preparatory Academy (Stonecrest, GA)
  • Luke Sundermeier, Marysville High School (Marysville, OH)
  • Derrick Walker, Cesar Chavez Learning Academies-Technology Preparatory Academy (San Fernando, CA)

Members of the Teacher Advisory Council will gather in the fall at the NHC’s offices in Research Triangle Park, NC, for an intensive orientation to the Center’s education programs and to organize efforts for the coming year.

About the National Humanities Center’s Education Programs

The National Humanities Center is an independent institute for advanced study, dedicated to furthering significant humanistic inquiry and reflection and to making those insights available both inside and outside the academic world. For nearly fifty years the NHC has supported humanities educators at both the collegiate and pre-collegiate level by providing access to cutting-edge scholarship and content-based professional development. In 2023–24, NHC webinars attracted over 30,000 teacher participants while hundreds of thousands more made use of its freely available digital lessons, primary source materials, and teacher-focused essays.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications