Apply Now for the 2023 Peace Teachers Program

Are you an American middle or high school teacher who is:

  • Committed to educating young people about international peace and the resolution of violent conflicts?
  • Curious about the field of international peace and conflict resolution and how you might prepare your students to take the lead in this critical work?
  • Looking for a community of practice made up of educators and global peacebuilders in which to learn and grow?

USIP’s Peace Teachers program is a virtual professional development opportunity for middle and high school educators in the United States. The 2023 program will select a cohort of up to 25 teachers from across the United States to receive education, resources and support to strengthen their teaching of international conflict and the possibilities of peace. The 2023 Peace Teachers program will run from July 2023 to January 2024. Apply now!

Bringing Global Peacebuilding into U.S. Secondary Schools 

USIP’s Peace Teachers program is rooted in the conviction that educators can be pivotal in bringing themes of global conflict and peace into their classrooms, schools and communities. At a time when violent international conflict regularly dominates headlines, teachers are the key to helping young people obtain the knowledge, skills and perspectives they need to envision their role in creating a more peaceful world and shape new ways to manage violent conflict. While educators often welcome this role, many face challenges — including a lack of information about how to teach peacebuilding or national security issues in an approachable format.

The Program 

Through the Peace Teachers program, participants:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of the American approach to peace and the resolution of violent conflicts in countries around the world.
  • Discover new ways to teach about global conflict and peace in their subject areas and receive resources to integrate these concepts and practical peacebuilding skills into their classrooms.
  • Build connections with like-minded educators and USIP experts.
  • Serve as ambassadors for teaching about global conflict and peace in their schools and communities.

During the program, participants:

  • Complete USIP’s self-paced, online “Introduction to Peacebuilding” course.
  • Attend a virtual summer introductory workshop.
  • Lead their school’s participation in marking the International Day of Peace on September 21.
  • Design and implement an action plan for incorporating relevant USIP resources into one class.
  • Participate in monthly one-hour virtual meetings with their Peace Teachers cohort and USIP staff.
  • Evaluate and share their experience and the program’s impact.
  • Receive over 18 professional development credit hours.

For more information on the 2023 Peace Teachers Program, email

2021 Peace Teachers

Jessica Culver, Ozark High School, Ozark, AR

Jessica Culver

Jessica Culver teaches social studies, including concurrent college credit history courses, at Ozark High School in Ozark, Arkansas. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education, and a master’s in History and in Education/Library Media from Arkansas Tech University. She is a certified yoga instructor, a 2020-2021 Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms, a National History Day Teacher, an Economics Arkansas Master Economics Teacher, a National Geographic Educator, a recipient of the 2021 Arkansas Ag in the Classroom award for incorporating agriculture into her social studies classroom, and she received recognition from the Goethe-Institute’s “Our Sustainable Future” 2021 international competition. Jessica is also active with the Bill of Rights Institute and the Jumpstart organization. She can be found traveling with her family, reading, listening to podcasts, and getting outdoors for adventures.

Matthew Morrison, International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison currently teaches International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme History, Honors World Studies, and American Government at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A 25-year veteran teacher, he has also taught AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP Psychology, Humanities, French, and Film. He earned a B.A. in History with minors in political science and French (1995) and a master’s in Curriculum and Teaching (1999) at Michigan State University. Having studied, lived, and taught overseas, Mr. Morrison is passionate about global education which has led him to a UK Fulbright Teacher Exchange and study tours to Japan, Korea, and South Africa. A passion for travel has led him to over 50 countries and he frequently escorts student groups on trips around the world. His other passions include coaching Quiz Bowl and promoting social justice initiatives. Mr. Morrison enjoys spending time with his husband, Marc, and dog, Archie.

David Pearl, Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, ME 

David Pearl

David Pearl teaches Global Issues, Middle East History, and Economics at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and earning a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern Maine, Mr. Pearl has spent most of the past 30 years in the classroom. His passion for teaching history, social justice and human rights was transformed by his years living and teaching in South Africa. In addition to teaching history, he advises the Global Action Club and recently retired after a long career as the Boys Varsity Lacrosse coach. David and his family live on an island and with his wife have raised four children and four dogs who love the outdoors. Their youngest child has just graduated high school, and David is excited about exploring new ways to teach about international conflict management and peacebuilding and working with colleagues who share his passion.

Haydee Rodriguez, Central Union High School, El Centro, CA

Haydee Rodriguez

Haydee Rodriguez, NBCT is a high school teacher and state policy maker; she currently teaches World History, Journalism, and AVID at Central Union High School in El Centro, CA, where she is also the AVID Coordinator. Rodriguez has received various awards and fellowships for her commitment to equity and access locally and at the state level. In 2016, she was named Stanford GSE Alumni of Excellence, Woman of the Year by both her Assembly member, Eduardo Garcia (2016), and later State Senator Ben Hueso (2020). Haydee Rodriguez’s commitment to global understanding and goodwill can be seen in her work with IREX as an International Leader in Education (ILEP), where she represented the U.S. for a month in Brazil, and through the Transatlantic Outreach Program, where she visited East and West Germany to study their educational system, apprentice programs and opportunities for immigrants. Ms. Rodriguez also represented Southern California Rotary International in West Africa.

Erin Sullivan, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington, DE

Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan has taught high school social studies at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Delaware for 16 years. She currently teaches AP Psychology, AP U.S. History, and U.S. History Honors, and is the high school social studies department chair. She also runs the National History Day program for the high school, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her career. Ms. Sullivan holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in History, a M.A. from the University of Delaware in Economics, and is completing a M.A. in American History from Pace University and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Gilder Lehrman Delaware History Teacher of the Year and James F. Harris History Teacher of the Year as a state winner and national finalist. She is a coffee and tea enthusiast, loves reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Kim Warren, Utah International Charter School, Salt Lake City, UT

Kim Warren

Kim Warren has taught middle school ELA at Utah International Charter School for the past eight years with a pedagogy that normalizes multilingualism by drawing on the students’ own linguistic resources and perspectives to translate and create meaning. She began her teaching career in 2003 at a bilingual school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has since earned two master’s degrees in English: American Studies (University of Utah) and Education with a concentration on teaching English as a second language (Weber State University). As an educator and mother of four children, Kim prioritizes peacebuilding skills in her life and lessons because behaviors and beliefs about alternatives to conflict and violence start at home and in the classroom. She believes that peacebuilding empowers and motivates the disenfranchised and privileged alike to nurture the possibility and bear the responsibility of creating, holding, and maintaining peace within ourselves, our communities, and our world. 


2019 Peace Teachers

Jill Armstrong, Greenup County High School, Greenup, KY

Jill Armstrong

Jill Armstrong earned her M.Ed. at the University of Rio Grande in Classroom Training (2006), M.A.T. in Teaching at Morehead State University (2009) and recently earned her Ed.S. in Supervisor of Instruction at the University of the Cumberlands (2019). She has been a member of the social studies department at Greenup County High School in Greenup, Kentucky for 12 years. Ms. Armstrong has taught several courses including AP Human Geography, U.S. History, Holocaust Studies, World History and Humanities-Global Studies. Ms. Armstrong has worked with Global Nomads Group, Natakallam and several other non-profit global classroom education organizations in an effort to increase global awareness among her students. In the summer of 2017, she attended a week-long Educator Exchange program in Jordan with Global Nomads Group and The Stevens Initiative. Ms. Armstrong is passionate about global citizenship and education among high school students. 

Sarah Campbell, Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, AK

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell teaches A.P. Literature, World Literature, and Asian Literature along with a variety of thematic-based English courses at Ketchikan High School located in southeast Alaska. In 2013, Ms. Campbell travelled to Japan as part of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies’ Peace Education Program. Meeting with atomic bomb survivors and touring Nagasaki and Hiroshima reshaped Ms. Campbell’s understanding of human compassion, forgiveness, and love. This study tour prompted Ms. Campbell to create an instructional unit examining monuments, memorials, and Hibakusha’s testimonies as a way for students to reconcile difficult histories to build peaceful relations for the future.  In 2017, the United States-Japan Foundation awarded Ms. Campbell with the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award which provided her with project funds she and her students used to dedicate a peace pole and hold a school-wide assembly as part of peace week. This upcoming school year will mark Ms. Campbell’s 20th year in the classroom. 

Katrina Gotschall, O’Neill High School, O’Neill, NE

Katrina Gotschall

Katrina Gotschall is a 14-year ELA, Social Studies, and Photojournalism instructor in North Central Nebraska. She earned a B.A in Anthropology with minors in History and English (2002) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.Ed. (2005) from Doane University. Ms. Gotschall enjoys seeking professional development opportunities focusing on themes of social justice, history, and human rights and sharing her passion for the human story with her students. She and her family ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. She loves to explore and adventure with her husband Scott and 2 sons, Carter and Alex, take students abroad for cultural learning experiences, and serve her school, community, and state. Her educational passions are in writing and Holocaust Education, and she has served in leadership positions for the Nebraska Writing Project and The Nebraska Institute For Holocaust Education and is a USHMM Museum Teacher Fellow, and a 2014 Cohort Member of TOLI.

Emily Philpott, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS

Emily Philpott

Emily Philpott teaches AP World History, AP Psychology, and Global Studies, along with serving as Associate Director of Global Studies at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi. Since graduating from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Teaching, Ms. Philpott has spent the past 17 years in the classroom. In addition to teaching history and science courses, she has advised the Model United Nations and Youth in Government Clubs, served as History Department Chair, and coached tennis. Recently she has been a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow in Senegal, a Transatlantic Outreach Program fellow in Germany, and a member of the AP World History Standard Setting Panel. Passionate about global education, Ms. Philpott hopes that students leave her classroom with a greater understanding and appreciation of the world and the skills and confidence to create positive change. She is thrilled to part of the Peace Teachers Program and looks forward to discovering new ways to teach about international conflict management and peacebuilding while working with like-minded educators to serve as ambassadors for global peacebuilding in schools and communities. Ms. Philpott lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi with her husband and two children. 

2018 Peace Teachers

Ryan Adams, Chelsea High School, Chelsea, AL

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams earned his B.S. at the University of Alabama in Secondary Education Social Science (2003) and recently earned his MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2018). As a 14-year classroom veteran, ‘Coach’ Adams has taught a wide range of social science courses in both Alabama and Louisiana. He currently teaches AP US History 10 and 11 at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Alabama. Mr. Adams serves as the pitching coach for the baseball program and is the faculty sponsor for First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Chelsea’s Project Citizen. In 2011, he published his book, “To Be The King of Diamonds,” as a method of helping others through the telling of his own life story. Coach Adams and his wife, Melanie, reside in Chelsea with their four children: Sadie, Lee (Tug), Jesse, and Joanna.

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: Ryan Adams

Cassie Bates, Centennial High School, Franklin, TN

Cassie Bates

Cassie Bates has been teaching AP Human Geography at Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee, since August 2014. She earned a B.A. in History (2006) and M.A.T. in Teaching (2008) at Lee University. After graduating from Lee University, Ms. Bates spent a year teaching English in Ulsan, South Korea. On returning to the U.S., she taught 7th grade geography from 2010-2014 in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. Ms. Bates’ goal is to spread her passion for geography by creating global citizens in the classroom. Ms. Bates received the Tom and Stella Mullane Tennessee Geography Teacher of the Year award in spring of 2017. In fall of 2017, she was selected as an AGS Teacher Fellow to travel to New York City for their fall symposium. Cassie is an active member of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, promoting geography education in her state. 

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: Cassie Bates


JoAnne Bohl, West Central High School, Hartford, SD

JoAnne Bohl

JoAnne Bohl will be in her 30th year as a high school social studies teacher. She began her career in 1989 in West Burlington, Iowa. In 1999, she moved to South Dakota and has been teaching at West Central High School in Hartford for the last 20 years. Ms. Bohl earned her B.A. in Social Studies/Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. In addition to her teaching assignments, she has served on a variety of school committees, is currently the chair of the WCHS PBIS Building Committee, and serves on the West Central School District’s Advanced Ed Committee and Customized Learning Implementors Team. Ms. Bohl’s interests include travel, exercise, and spending time with her husband, Pat, and their family of cats.

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: JoAnne Bohl


Jennifer O’Boyle, Klahowya Secondary School, Silverdale, WA

Jennifer O'Boyle

Jennifer O’Boyle earned her B.A. in English with a minor in German and her M.Ed. in School Administration from Central Washington University. Though her degree is in English, she has always been fascinated by history, most especially people’s stories. Her experiences overseas – as a high school Rotary exchange student and as a Fulbright teaching assistant – helped develop her love of travel and other cultures. Ms. O’Boyle currently teaches US History, AP United States Government, and AP Psychology at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, WA. While it is easy to focus on the negative when teaching social studies, Ms. O’Boyle instead tries to focus on helping students make connections to current world events, especially studying what others, including teenagers, have been doing to help solve community and world problems. This focus allows students to see their actions can make a difference. She enjoys spending time with her two children, Madeline and Keegan.

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: Jennifer O'Boyle 


2017 Peace Teachers

Amy Cameron, Grandview High School, Grandview, MO

Amy Cameron Profile

Amy Cameron earned her B.S. Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at Avila University in Kansas City. She taught ten years at an alternative high school for at-risk youth, where she introduced her school to community service; as a result, the Grandview Alternative High School in Grandview, Missouri, won the Presidential School of Service Award five years in a row, and they were the first high school to ever receive an award from the American Humanist Association. Ms. Cameron was a finalist for Missouri’s Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was recognized by the local CBS affiliate with the Crystal Apple Award. She has written and been awarded a multitude of grants – most of which have been dedicated to her passions – universal literacy, protection of the planet, and peace and empathy for all people. She currently teaches English Literature at Grandview High School, an urban high school which celebrates diversity, and has been an adjunct professor at Avila University in Education. She has one son and resides in Kansas.

Read more of Amy's reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "A Teacher's Response to "Is World Peace Possible?""

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: Amy Cameron 


Vince Facione, Will Rogers College High School, Tulsa, OK

Vince Facione Profile

Vince Facione teaches A.P. World History and World History Survey, as well as serves as the high school history department chair at Will Rogers College High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He strives to make history come alive by creating learning experiences that are integrated and related to the real world and students' life experiences. He challenges students not to view history as a relic to be studied and understood, but to study and understand history by being active participants in the historical narrative in their neighborhood, community, state, country and world. Mr. Facione desires to see students become civic minded citizens and change agents who will engage with people and issues affecting their world at home and beyond. He has been married to Vadean Elizabeth Facione for nineteen years. They have one child. His name is Vincent (Vinny) Paul Facione Jr.

Read Vince's reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, "Making History Come Alive Through Conflict and Peace" 

Ezra Shearer, Sentinel High School, Missoula, MT

Ezra Shearer

Ezra Shearer has been teaching social studies at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana, since January 2011. He earned a B.A. in History (2006) and M.Ed in Secondary Education (2010) at “The Harvard on the Hocking,” Ohio University. At Sentinel, Mr. Shearer has strived to promote global citizenship and critical analysis of complicated issues. Teaching assignments have included World History, Government, and Geography, and the introduction of AP Seminar, AP World History and AP Geography to Sentinel High School. Outside of the classroom, he has advised the Model UN program and Debate team. Recently, he has completed the National Geographic Certified Educator program and regularly leads professional development workshops focused on education technology and geographic literacy. He enjoys hiking and floating the rivers of western Montana with his family, Monica, Khloe, Vinny, Pia and Chesco.

Read Ezra's reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, "Making the Time to Change the World" 

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: Ezra Shearer


María Eugenia Zelaya, Eastside High School, Gainesville, FL

Maria Zelaya

A first-generation immigrant in the United States, María Eugenia Zelaya has been teaching Spanish at Eastside High School since 2008 (both in the International Baccalaureate (IB) and regular program). She is one of the CAS Coordinators (Creative Active Service, a requirement of the IB program). She is the faculty advisor of Eastside Striders (Breast Cancer Awareness Club) and Children Beyond Our Borders (CBOB). She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2000, and two Master of Arts Degrees from the University of Florida (Latin American Studies 2002 and Political Science 2006). She took part in the 2015-2016 Teachers for Global Classroom Program Fellowship and participated in the International Field Experience in Colombia. In her classroom, she provides her students with opportunities to understand other’s perspectives thru video conferences with classrooms in Latin America.

Read Maria's reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "Peacebuilding Curriculum is Not Only for Social Studies Classes" 

A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher: María Eugenia Zelaya

"Peace Teachers from MO, MT, FL Visit USIP to Reflect and Share"

2016 Peace Teachers

Matthew Cone, Carrboro High School, Carrboro, NC

USIP Peace Teacher Matthew Cone

Matthew Cone is a social studies teacher at Carrboro High School in North Carolina. He became a teacher because he wanted to assist diverse groups of students in learning about international issues and in considering how they could use their talents to create a more humane world. Three years into his career, he recognized that his students performed at a higher level and became more animated when they opened up their classroom to experts with firsthand experience in connection with the issues that they studied. Since making this discovery, his students have engaged with a wide range (Laura Bush & Noam Chomsky talked to them in the same week!) of experts and channeled their knowledge into action. On a personal level, Matt has two sons and a terrific wife, he loves to read, and he has the misfortune of being a diehard fan of both UNC and the Golden State Warriors.

Read Matthew’s reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, "Using Joy to Motivate Critical Thinkers"

Latricia Davis, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX

USIP Peace Teacher Latricia Davis

Latricia Davis recently completed her Master of Education with a specialization in Gifted and Talented at the University of North Texas. In 2006, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Arts in History. This was followed by a Master of Arts in Museum Studies, with a specialization in Education, from University of Oklahoma in 2009. After spending a year working on research for her PhD at the University of London and British Library, Latricia briefly worked in the corporate world before entering the classroom. Since 2013, she has been a High School History teacher at Lakehill Preparatory School. She teaches World Geography, World History, AP U.S. History, and AP Human Geography. Latricia believes it is important that students realize how much they are a part of a larger interconnected world and how their actions can affect change in it.

Read Latricia’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "Embracing Teachable Moments" 

Lori Raybold, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, NY

USIP Peace Teacher Lori Raybold

An English teacher for 18 years, Lori currently teaches freshmen and sophomores at Hamburg High School and is an Associate Director of The Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (Buffalo, NY). A native of Reading, PA, she attended Penn State and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and was a member of the Marching Blue Band. Upon moving to Western New York, Lori earned a Master of Arts in English from SUNY Fredonia. In 2009, she had the honor of traveling to Rwanda with humanitarian Carl Wilkens to study the 1994 genocide. She was recently named a National Teacher Fellow for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (2016-2017). As a member of the New Generation Initiative of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, Lori is in charge of coordinating an annual teacher trip to Washington, DC. In her free time she enjoys reading and hiking.

Read Lori’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "Tackling My Own Conflict to Teach Peace"

Rhonda Scullark, Perspectives Middle Academy, Chicago, IL

USIP Peace Teacher Rhonda Scullark

Rhonda Scullark is a teacher and Network Peace Ambassador at Perspectives Charter Schools, Chicago. She attended high school at Kenwood Academy, a Chicago public school, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, on a full scholarship. She continued her education and earned her Master of Arts from Saint Xavier University, Chicago. Rhonda has been an educator in both the private and public sector for over fifteen years, and has taught students from preschool ages through high school. Her most recent accomplishments include the 2015-2016 Perspectives Charter Schools’ A Disciplined Life Award, and travelling to schools in Flint, Michigan with Perspectives students to deliver water and share the “I Am For Peace” documentary. She is a member of the first African American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and as a breast cancer survivor serves as an advocate for awareness. In addition, Rhonda actively volunteers in her community and church. She currently resides in the Chicago area with her three daughters.

Read Rhonda’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "And You Say Chi City"


Photos of our 2016 Peace Teachers in action.

Highlights of the 2016 Peace Teachers cohort. 

2015 Peace Teachers

Andy Blair, St. Mary’s Academy, Englewood, CO

USIP Peace Teacher Andrew Blair

Andy teaches 8th grade World Issues at St. Mary's Academy in Englewood, CO. Prior to teaching, Andy was an aide for the Governor of Colorado and taught in Franschhoek, South Africa. He first developed a desire to learn about the world after a service trip to Bangladesh in high school and now helps instill that passion in the classroom and on trips to Peru with World Leadership School and St. Mary's Academy. In his free time he manages a job search website,, discusses policy with his wife over coffee, and serves in his local church. Andy earned a B.A. in Political Science from U.C.L.A. ('09) and a M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver ('12). 

Read Andy’s reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, “Focusing on the End: Equipping Students to be Peacebuilders”

Laura Keldorf, Riverdale High School, Portland, OR

USIP Peace Teacher Laura Keldorf

Laura Keldorf has taught History, Government, Economics and English at both the high school and college levels for twenty three years. She began her career in California, teaching in both Humboldt and Marin counties and relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2003. In 2005, while teaching at Clackamas High School, a large suburban public school outside of Portland, Oregon, Laura applied to participate in the USIP's Summer Institute. Laura has served as both a Contest Coordinator and First Round Judge for the Institute's National Essay Contest and has integrated the study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding into each of the classes she teaches. She is currently a full-time Humanities teacher at Riverdale High School, a small public high school in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches freshman English, and both History and Writing courses through Portland State University's concurrent enrollment program. When she isn't teaching, Laura enjoys exploring the natural world, reading and cooking for her family.

Read Laura’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, “Defining and Inculcating Empathy: A Professional Imperative”

Michael Martini, Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC

USIP Peace Teacher Michael Martini

Michael Martini has taught 6th grade World Geography and Cultures at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C. for four years. He received his Master’s Degree in social studies secondary education from Catholic University in 2011. Michael has worked closely with both the U.S. Institute of Peace and Global Classrooms DC to expand his globally inspired curriculum to include peace building strategies, conflict analysis, and a Model United Nations program. Each year his students have worked closely with diplomats from an international embassy in the DC area to explore world cultures and languages as part of the D.C. Public Schools Embassy Adoption Program. During the summer of 2015 he explored international organizations and NGO's in Western Europe as part of a Fund for Teachers Grant as well as participating in a workshop and seminar series at Ford's Theatre through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read Michael’s reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, “Going Off-Script: Talking Peace in a Teachable Moment”

Timothy McMahon, Atlanta International School, Atlanta, GA

USIP Peace Teacher Timothy McMahon

Tim McMahon is an International Baccalaureate educator specializing in Economics, History, & Theory of Knowledge. He brings out the creative side of students through communication arts, visual technologies, and simulations to engage them in all subjects. He has worked with Facing History and Ourselves, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Model United Nations. His community outreach for students has included student design workshops at Ideo Munich, lost wax bronze sculpture workshops in Bangladesh, and meetings with the chief US scholar of the Holocaust, the chief of BMW design, two CEOs of Siemens, and the head of GE Global Research. His achievements include coaching the winning economics team in the International Forum in Spain and the top three prizes in the Gandhi Essay contest at the University of Rhode Island. He has a University of Virginia Master’s in Education and a Purdue MBA in International Management. 

Read Timothy’s reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, “From Debate to Dialogue: U.S. Independence Revisited in High School Classroom” 

Monica Shah, formerly Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC (currently Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC)

USIP Peace Teacher Monica Shah

Monica Shah teaches 8th grade U.S. History, 6th - 8th grade human rights, and 2nd - 5th grade peace classes at Brightwood Education Campus, a D.C. Public School. Monica serves a diverse ELL population and strives to empower her students to become social change agents in their community and abroad. Monica has been recognized for bringing creativity and passion into her classroom as the 2015 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year and the 2015 National History Day Behring D.C. Teacher of the Year. Monica is committed to growing professionally in the field of peace education and in the summer of 2015, as a Fund for Teachers Fellow, she participated in a peace and nonviolence education program in India, and explored global and peace education in Buenos Aires. Monica holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Hispanic Studies, and a Master’s in International Training and Education with a concentration in Global Education.

Read Monica’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, “Infusing Peace into an American History Class”

Amanda Terwillegar, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT

USIP Peace Teacher Amanda Terwillegar

Amanda Terwillegar has been teaching at the high school level for 10 years. Although she is an English teacher, she collaborates closely with Social Studies teachers for most of her classes. Currently, she teaches 10th grade Making of the Modern World, an upper-level Holocaust and Human Behavior course, and Global Literature. In all of her work both in and outside of the classroom, she aims to cultivate a sense of personal investment in her students – she believes it is critical for teenagers to see themselves reflected in the stories, histories, and issues that teachers present to them. Outside of Amanda's academic work, she is using her Latin dance background to pilot a dance program for students; she is in a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Master’s Program; she writes history-based fiction; she runs; and she is the proud mother of two amazing kids, ages 6 and 9.       

Read Amanda’s reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, “Understanding Conflict Versus Envisioning Peace” 

Highlights of the 2015 USIP Peace Teacher Cohort

New Resources for the Classroom

The following packets of resources were created by USIP Peace Teachers as part of their program. The content was the teachers’ own work and as such, is not intended to reflect the views or work of the U.S. Institute of Peace. We encourage other educators to adapt these resources for their own classroom use.

At a time when violent conflict regularly dominates headlines, teachers are the key to helping young people obtain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to understand how peace is possible—and to envision their own role in creating a more peaceful world.

The following ideas are drawn from lessons or activities created by past USIP Peace Teachers using USIP’s resources for students and educators

News about the Peace Teachers

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