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Area Teachers Complete Woodlawn 2015 Teachers Institute

Back row: Joshua Torrance, Woodlawn’s Executive Director; Kat Hudson, Blue Hill Consolidated School Deb Burwell, Paddling the Rapids Front row: Becky Anderson, Mary Jordan-Carter, Melanie Brown – Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, and Anne Russenberger-Keefe, Woodlawn’s Director of Education and Program Development

Back row: Joshua Torrance, Woodlawn’s Executive Director; Kat Hudson, Blue Hill Consolidated School Deb Burwell, Paddling the Rapids
Front row: Becky Anderson, Mary Jordan-Carter, Melanie Brown – Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, and Anne Russenberger-Keefe, Woodlawn’s Director of Education and Program Development

From Woodlawn Museum:
Woodlawn completed its second Teachers Institute in July. The goal of the institute was to bring together a team of teachers to create curriculum-based programs utilizing Woodlawn’s history, environs, and collection as the primary resource. Mary Jordan-Carter, Becky Anderson and Melanie Brown from Ellsworth Elementary Middle School and Kat Hudson, Blue Hill Consolidated School were selected as this year’s participants.

In the spring, the four teachers attended three in-depth information seminars which focused on Woodlawn’s cultural and physical landscape, art, local history, architecture, material culture, and the people of Woodlawn. The team returned to Woodlawn in July for two very productive days facilitated by Deb Burwell of Paddling the Rapids. Using the knowledge they gained during the seminars, the team developed programs which they will pilot with their students this fall. Once the pilot phase is completed, the teachers will act as Woodlawn Ambassadors, and share their experiences with other educators in Hancock County schools, encouraging them to use Woodlawn as a rich source of experiential learning for their students.  Annually, Woodlawn hosts hundreds of area students on its campus. For more information on Woodlawn’s educational programs, call 667-8671 or email educator@woodlawnmuseum.org

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