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Julie Kinnaird | May 20, 2021

Twelve North Carolina educators have been selected to participate in UNC World View’s 2021 Exploring Indigenous Cultures: Ancient North Carolinians, Past and Present Fellows Program. The Fellows hail from many counties across North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, and teach in a diverse range of disciplines. We are honored to work with this talented group over the course of the next several months. Congratulations to our newest Fellows! To read more about each Fellow, click here.

  • Savannah Blystone, Social Studies Teacher, Gates County High School, Gates County Schools
  • Ethan Brooks-Livingston, History Instructor, Catawba Valley Community College
  • Malia Crowe, Online Education & Career Development Facilitator, Cherokee High School, Cherokee Central Schools
  • Matt Daniel, 5th Grade Teacher, Sam D. Bundy Elementary School, Pitt County Schools
  • Mark Dowling, Culinary Arts Instructor, Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Anne Haugh, K-8 Art Teacher, Chinquapin Elementary School, Duplin County Schools
  • Katie Hoffer, English and Humanities Instructor, Nash Community College
  • Ashley “Ley” King, Science Teacher, STEM Early College at NC A&T, Guilford County Schools
  • Stephanie Morgan, Math Teacher, Pisgah High School, Haywood County Schools
  • Beverly Owens, Chemistry Teacher, Cleveland Early College High School, Cleveland County Schools
  • April Swarey, English Teacher, Elkin High School, Elkin City Schools
  • Andi Webb, Teacher and Instructional Coach, Forest Hills Global Elementary, New Hanover County Schools

The Fellows will explore the ancient peoples that lived in North Carolina and those who represent today’s vibrant American Indian populations. Understanding past indigenous lifeways—their complexity, resiliency, and vitality—allows for a greater appreciation of the contributions American Indians made to the past and continue to make to the present and future of North Carolina. This year’s program is a partnership with the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology and the UNC American Indian Center. We will utilize the expertise available at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the state to expand participants’ knowledge of indigenous peoples, past and present, and support educators in developing culturally appropriate, relevant and historically accurate curriculum for teaching about American Indian peoples and cultures, specifically ancient North Carolinians.

Fellows will develop and publish comprehensive lesson plans that engage K-12 and community college students in learning about North Carolina’s indigenous cultures by using the Ancient North Carolinians: A Virtual Museum of NC Archeology website. Lesson plans will be available online in December 2021.