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National Humanities Center Names 2020–21 Teacher Advisory Council

September 18, 2020

Twenty Educators Selected from Fifteen States and the District of Columbia

The National Humanities Center is pleased to announce the selection of twenty exceptional educators as members of its 2020–21 Teacher Advisory Council. These teachers, from school districts in fifteen states and the District of Columbia, will work with the Center’s education program staff in piloting, evaluating, and promoting materials and professional development offerings for the Center’s nationally recognized education programs.

On average, this year’s advisors bring more than twenty years of classroom experience to the council, giving them depths of experience to help the Center’s education team design new content, platforms, and programs. The new council members are:

  • Alysha Butler, McKinley Technology High School (Washington, DC)
  • Lindsey Charron, Horace Ensign Intermediate School (Newport Beach, CA)
  • Jennifer Connolly, Preston High School (Bronx, NY)
  • Gerald Evans, Hungary Creek Middle School (Henrico County, VA)
  • Lindsey Galvao, Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA)
  • Wendy Harris, Metro Deaf School (St. Paul, MN)
  • Breanna Holtz, Fifer Middle School (Camden, DE)
  • Alina Hunt, North Carolina School of Science and Math (Durham, NC)
  • Howard Hunter, Metairie Park Country Day School (Metairie, LA)
  • Jennifer Jolley, Palm Bay Magnet High School (Melbourne, FL)

  • Maureen Lamb, Kingswood Oxford School (West Hartford, CT)
  • Tatiana McKinney-Stokes, Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, FL)
  • Geena Molinaro, Harrington Middle School (Mount Laurel, NJ)
  • Jennifer Nichols, Cox Mill High School (Concord, NC)
  • David Olson, James Madison Memorial High School (Madison, WI)
  • Ginger Park, Windsor High School (Ft. Collins, CO)
  • Phoebe Sherman, Theodore Roosevelt High School (Washington, DC)
  • Jennifer Stockdell, James Bridger Middle School (Independence, MO)
  • David Tow, Terra Linda High School (San Rafael, CA)
  • Lisa Yau, Francis Scott Key Elementary School (Philadelphia, PA)

The Teacher Advisory Council was formed to aid the National Humanities Center’s ongoing effort to provide the most effective resources for teachers of the humanities. “Teachers from all over the country use the Center’s materials in their classrooms and participate in our webinars and other professional development activities,” said Andy Mink, vice president for education programs, “and our Teacher Advisors help ensure that we deliver classroom tools and preparation that are not only content-rich but pedagogically useful.”

Members of the Teacher Advisory Council will evaluate existing online offerings, pilot new materials with their students, and provide feedback as to their feasibility. They will also assist the Center’s education team in raising awareness of the resources and platforms with their colleagues nationwide.

Since 1984 the National Humanities Center has included teacher professional development as a key part of its mission. In recent years, through the Internet, the Center’s education resources have expanded exponentially, allowing teachers from across the United States to participate in live webinars with leading scholars, to freely download thousands of primary source materials ready-made for classroom use, and to access digital lessons and other tools that are ideally suited to teaching twenty-first-century skills.

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center began operation in 1978 and offers programs to encourage excellence in scholarship, improve teaching, and increase public appreciation for, and engagement with, the humanities.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications