WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twenty teachers from 15 states will participate in the Ford’s Theatre Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows Summer Institute, July 13 through 18, 2014.

During the program, teachers will learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War; develop strategies to hone students’ oratory skills and engage students in place-, object- and performance-based lessons; take part in an array of virtual tours and performances; and visit historic sites including Ford’s Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, and President Lincoln’s Cottage.

This is the second of two summer sessions hosted by the Civil War Washington Consortium: including Ford’s Theatre Society, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden and President Lincoln’s Cottage.

“With more than 250,000 students from around the country visiting Ford’s Theatre each year, the Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows program brings teachers to Washington so that they can make the most of our resources, regardless of whether they’ll make the trip with their students,” said Ford’s Theatre Director of Education Programming Sarah Jencks.

Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows programs are funded by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. BP America is the lead sponsor for education programming at Ford’s Theatre. Additional support is provided by Comcast NBCUniversal and Target.

Schools and teachers interested in learning more about Civil War Teaching Fellows opportunities should visit, or contact Jake Flack at

Participating Teachers: July 13-18, 2014
• Kent Gompert, Estrella Middle School (Phoenix, Ariz.)
• Dylis Becker, Chaparral Middle School (Moorpark, Calif.)
• Oskana Gody, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences (Santa Monica, Calif.)
• Judy Magee-Windle, Chaparral Middle School (Moorpark, Calif.)
• Alan Johnson, Falcon High School (Falcon, Colo.)
• Bernadette O’Brien, St. Anthony of Padua (Wilmington, Del.)
• David Klippel, Discover Academy of Lake Alfred (Lake Alfred, Fla.)
• Latrisha Dukes, East Broad Street K-8 School (Savannah, Ga.)
• Kevin Jehl, East Allen University High School (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
• Joseph Moneymaker, South Livingston Elementary (Smithland, Ky.)
• Jeremy Biermaier, New Prague Middle School (New Prague, Minn.)
• Beverly Blackmon, Long Leaf Elementary School (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
• Jane Bosarge, Oak Grove Lower Elementary School (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
• Carly Richmeyer, Holy Cross Academy (Webster Groves, Mo.)
• Jacob Blum, Stanton Community Schools (Stanton, Neb.)
• Darrin Comstock, Andersen Middle School (Omaha, Neb.)
• Jeff Keasling, Beadle Middle School (Omaha, Neb.)
• Patricia Purdue, Altus High School (Altus, Okla.)
• Anthony Olm, James Walsh Middle School (Round Rock, Texas)
• Jessica Christensen, Manila Jr./Sr. School (Manila,Utah)

Ford’s Theatre Society
One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. Under the leadership of Wayne R. Reynolds, Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus (Chairman 2007 to 2012), the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Currently, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Eric A. Spiegel, Ford’s enters a second phase of strategic planning to ensure the organization’s place as a national destination for exploring Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through the intersection of history, performance and education.

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