NEH Summer Scholar
Pepperell Middle teacher selected NEH Summer Scholar
Posted on 04/26/2016
Teachers share with children their subject knowledge gained from study and experience.  Christy Davis, is collecting a wealth of experiences to share in her classroom at Pepperell Middle School.  Davis, a seventh-grade teacher at Pepperell, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar this year and will travel to Seattle, Washington in July to learn about the experiences of Asian Pacific Americans in the American Northwest.
"I have participated in NEH workshops almost every summer since 2007," commented Davis. In her experiences with NEH, Davis has twice traveled to Hawaii, the University of Colorado, Ohio State University, Spokane, Washington, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
This summer, Davis will participate in a workshop entitled "From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest." The one-week program will be held at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  The seminar will offer lectures as well as field trips in Seattle's Chinatown-International District and to other regional sites of historic and cultural significance.  Sites to visit include: Port Townsend, Eagledale Ferry Dock, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial and Khalsa Gurmat Center in Renton, Washington.

Davis is one of 72 teachers selected to participate in the program and each will receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover travel, study and living expenses.
Seattle is not the only stop for Davis this summer.  She has also been selected to travel to Cuba with a group of 20 American teachers.  The trip is planned for Memorial Day weekend.  Davis discovered this opportunity while attending a workshop on Modern Cuba in Atlanta.  The workshop was sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education.  "I am proud to represent Floyd County in both locations," said Davis. "My students will definitely appreciate the lessons I will be able to build and use in my class after experiencing these opportunities."