The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) recently named six Tennessee social studies teachers to its TSLA Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based on original Tennessee documents and images so that social studies teachers across the state can better use TSLA’s primary sources in their classroom instruction.
Rebecca Byrd, an 8th grade teacher at New Center Elementary in Sevier County. Ms. Byrd holds an education specialist degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has been teaching for 19 years.
Joel Covington, a high school teacher at Cane Ridge High School in Davidson County. Mr. Covington holds a master of education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and has been teaching for 15 years.
Whitney Joyner, a middle school teacher at Northeast Middle School in Montgomery County. Ms. Joyner holds a master of arts in education from Austin Peay State University and has been teaching for 14 years.
Patricia Lockhart, a 5th grade teacher at Lucy Elementary in Shelby County. Ms. Lockhart holds a master of arts in teaching for elementary education from the University of Memphis and has been teaching for five years.
Christina Rogers, a 4th grade teacher at Whitwell Elementary School in Marion County. Ms. Rogers holds a master of education from Tennessee Tech University and has been teaching for nine years.
Kristy Sproles, a high school teacher at Sullivan Central High School in Sullivan County. Ms. Sproles holds a master of education from Tusculum College and has been teaching for 15 years.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives education outreach program offers tours of the building for teachers and students, sponsors statewide workshops for teachers, and offers a new education outreach website that links TSLA’s primary sources in American and Tennessee history directly to Tennessee’s new social studies curriculum standards. To view this website, learn more about the activities of the education outreach program, or schedule a student tour or teacher workshop, contact us by phone at 615-253-3469, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://www.tn.gov/tsla/educationoutreach/index.htm
“We are excited to have this fantastic group of educators working with us at TSLA,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Their knowledge of classroom instruction and enthusiasm for introducing Tennessee students to the wealth of primary sources found at the Tennessee State Library and Archives is bringing new energy and understanding to our outreach efforts.”
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m, with the exception of state holidays. Parking is available in front, behind, and beside the building.