College Park, Maryland – February 22, 2024 National History Day® (NHD) is proud to announce the teachers selected to participate in NHD’s spring 2024 professional development program. The timely course Revolutionary Ideals connects educators with recent historical scholarship on the founding era in advance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. 

The teachers chosen for this honor represent 37 of NHD’s 58 affiliates across the country and around the world. NHD affiliates include all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and international schools. Teachers applied to participate in fall 2023.

“We are excited for the impact this professional development series will have on the next generation’s understanding of the founding era,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “As NHD celebrates our 50th year of improving the teaching and learning of history, we are incredibly fortunate to engage NHD teachers in the study and historiography of revolutionary ideals. We are proud to partner with the Dr. Scholl Foundation and look forward to the classroom learning that will follow this program.”

Since December, these educators have worked with their peers nationwide alongside National History Day staff to explore four case studies where revolutionary ideals were put to the test. Joining live programs with leading historians, the teachers explore the latest scholarship on this topic. When the series is complete, these educators will have developed a classroom activity using primary sources to apply a concept learned in the class as they develop students’ historical thinking skills.

This program is generously supported by the Dr. Scholl Foundation, with additional support provided by National History Day in Colorado, National History Day in Minnesota, and North Carolina Humanities.

The educators participating in the series include:

ArizonaMrs. Stacey Trepanier, New Vistas Center for Education, Chandler, Arizona
CaliforniaMrs. Dianne Bennett, El Dorado High School, Placerville, California
Mr. Korey Santor, Yolo Middle School, Newman, California
ColoradoMrs. DonnaMae Keys, Centauri Middle School, LaJara, Colorado /
Ms. Elizabeth Salcedo, Fountain Middle School, Fountain, Colorado /
Mr. Michael Smith, Pueblo West High School, Fountain, Pueblo West, Colorado
ConnecticutMr. John Smith-Horn, Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor, Connecticut
DelawareMrs. Rebecca Fay, Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington, Delaware 
Ms. Antoinette Maccari-Klingsberg, Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington, Delaware 
Mrs. Erin Sullivan, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington, Delaware
District of ColumbiaMrs. Yaqueline Clauss, Anacostia High School and Luke C. Moore Opportunity Academy, Washington, D.C.
GeorgiaMs. Adrien Stallings, Columbia High School, Decatur, Georgia
Hawaiʻi Mrs. Amy Boehning, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaiʻi 
Ms. Andrea Sparks, Hawaiʻi Academy of Art and Sciences, Pahoa, Hawaiʻi 
IdahoMrs. Bree Koon, Idaho Home Learning Academy, Malad, Idaho
IllinoisMrs. Donna Hebreard, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Plainfield, Illinois
Ms. Marianne Sharping, Decatur Classical School, Chicago, Illinois
IndianaMr. Jacob Wigent, Columbia City School, Columbia City, Indiana
IowaMrs. Shauna Cihacek, Gerald W. Kirn Middle School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Ms. Hanna Howard, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
KansasMr. Jeffrey Schuh, Seaman Middle School, Topeka, Kansas 
MaineMrs. Kathryn Cassesse, Greely Middle School, Cumberland, Maine 
MarylandMrs. Lindsay Matthews, Easton Middle School, Easton, Maryland
Ms. Marja Moreno-Ruiz, Baltimore International Academy, Baltimore, Maryland
Ms. Brae Sullivan, College Park Academy, Riverdale Park, Maryland
MassachusettsMrs. Amie Aloisi, Haverhill High School, Haverhill, Massachusetts
Ms. Krista LaForte, Breed Middle School, Lynn, Massachusetts
MichiganMs. Marcie Diener, Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Springs, Michigan 
MinnesotaMrs. Linda Dierks, Chaska Middle School East, Chaska, Minnesota
Mrs. Kathryn Rotunda, Chaska Middle School East, Chaska, Minnesota *
MissouriMx. Liam Dale, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Missouri
Ms. Sara Forsman, South Valley Middle School, Liberty, Missouri
MontanaMs. Victoria Nytes, Superior Junior / Senior High School, Superior, Montana
Mrs. Jennifer Slusser, Monforton Middle School, Bozeman, Montana
Ms. Mary Zuchowski, Frazer Public Schools, Frazer, Montana
New HampshireMr. Derek Cangello, Oyster River High School, Durham, New Hampshire
Ms. Justine Thain, David R. Cawley Middle School, Hooksett, New Hampshire
New JerseyMs. Christina Sivo, Explore Middle School, Jersey City, New Jersey
New YorkMs. Sarah Espinal, Jericho Middle School, Jericho, New York
NHD InternationalMr. Michael Mallary, American Overseas School of Rome, Rome, Italy
North CarolinaMrs. Amy Bradsher, Oak Tree Academy, Roxboro, North Carolina #
Mr. Jerry Hensler, Pine Springs Academy Preparatory Academy, Holly Springs, North Carolina
Ms. Rebecca Simmons, Yadkin Success Academy, Yadkinville, North Carolina #
North DakotaMr. Jordan Hoots, Williston Basin School District, Williston, North Dakota
OhioMrs. Amanda Ammer, Oakwood High School, Dayton, Ohio
Mrs. Elizabeth Crawford, Ironton Middle School, Ironton, Ohio
Mrs. Kelly Rowland, Accel Schools, Independence, Ohio
OregonMrs. Emily Rao, Butte Creek Elementary School, Mt. Angel, Oregon
PennsylvaniaMr. Kevin Woods, Sto-Rox Junior/Senior High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
South CarolinaMrs. Kim Guthrie, Home School, Gaffney, South Carolina
TennesseeMrs. Laura Simmons, Community Middle School, Unionville, Tennessee
TexasMrs. Kelly Bellar, Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, Texas
Ms. Lisa Berg, Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas
Mr. Michael Krecker, Lake Belton High School, Temple, Texas
UtahMrs. Jennifer Klein, Mountain Heights Academy, West Jordan, Utah
VermontMr. David Mitiguy, Long Trail School, Dorset, Vermont
Mr. Christopher Sheehan, Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, Vermont
VirginiaMs. Maggie Creech, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond, Virginia
Mrs. Sadie Van Vranken, Village School, Charlottesville, Virginia
WashingtonMr. Tom Brossia, Liberty Middle School, Camas, Washington
WisconsinMr. Matthew Shilling, Hayward High School, Hayward, Wisconsin

/ Participation supported by National History Day in Colorado

* Participation supported by the Minnesota Historical Society

# Participation supported in part by North Carolina Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,


About National History Day (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by the 400 Years of African American History Commission, The Better Angels Society, the Bezos Family Foundation, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Park Service. For more information, visit

About the Dr. Scholl Foundation

The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M. Scholl, M.D. in 1947, almost 40 years after he founded the foot care company. It is a private, independent grant-making foundation for charitable purposes. The Foundation has contributed over $312 million since 1980 to various organizations. Grants are made annually after an extensive review of the application by the staff and all the directors of the Dr. Scholl Foundation. For more information, visit

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