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April 4, 2003

Seven Arizona Teachers to Learn ‘Hands-On’ History Techniques

Seven Tucson, Ariz.-area teachers will immerse themselves in an intensive, weeklong “hands-on” history education program this summer at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Virginia, thanks to generous support from four Tucson donors and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

The seven teachers are: Val Barsevich, Fruchthendler Elementary School; David Bornstein, Brichta Elementary School; Suzanne Kaufman-Hall, Gale Elementary School; Cathy Lawver, Firm Foundation Primary School; David MacIsaac, Tully Accelerated Magnet School; Susan Rich, Cornerstone Christian Academy; and MaryAnn Wilson, special presenter for the D.E.S.E.R.T project, Tucson Unified School District.

Arthur and Julie Woodrow of Tucson, Robert Trammell of Oro Valley, Louis Garcia of Sun City West and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Arizona are the donors supporting the teachers’ enrollment.

“Friends who sponsor some California teachers introduced us to this remarkable teacher training program at Colonial Williamsburg,” Arthur Woodrow said. “Julie and I decided to sponsor some of Tucson’s outstanding teachers so that Arizona students will have a more comprehensive understanding of their heritage and the formation of this great nation.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute uses an interdisciplinary approach to help teachers create dynamic learning experiences for their students. Upon completion, participants are ready to engage and inspire their students with the historical events that continue to shape and define the nation. Teachers are fully prepared to involve their students in the exploration of our common European and African economic, cultural and political heritages, while using techniques that develop students’ critical thinking skills through the use of primary source documents and artifacts. The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute also connects teachers with Colonial Williamsburg’s extensive national network of teachers and educators, enabling participants to acquire and exchange information about teaching strategies, early American history and the use of museums and local historic sites as social studies resources for years to come.

“Typically, our participants also see their students, including those at-risk, successfully apply these ‘hands-on’ learning strategies to other academic endeavors outside the social studies,” said Tab Broyles, manager of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. “Our donors make these student experiences possible through their support for the Teacher Institute, and we are extraordinarily grateful for their commitment and their financial assistance.”

Teacher Institute content is tied closely to national standards of learning for history and social studies. Nearly 3,000 teachers from 43 states and three foreign countries have participated in Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute since its inception in 1990.

Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at

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Jim Bradley
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