2018-19 American Distinguished Teaching Award grantees

Shana Ferguson

Shana Ferguson

School of Education, University of Edinburgh - Media Literacy

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Shana Ferguson

Shana Ferguson

School of Education, University of Edinburgh - Media Literacy

Shana Ferguson is excited to collaborate with professors and classroom teachers to design social media literacy lessons for secondary students by partnering with faculty at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research in Digital Education. She plans to study how evolving technologies shift the way students consume, create and analyse information as they participate in the global community. She hopes her project will empower young users of technology and help teachers adapt to the continually shifting digital education landscape. A teacher for over twenty years, Shana has a master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Library Media Education from Portland State University. She is the teacher librarian at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves on state and district digital leadership committees and is a member of a Washington Library Association cohort that facilitates trainings for other teacher librarians. Originally from southeast Alaska, she enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

Lorrie Heagy

Lorrie Heagy

School of Education, University of Strathclyde - Music Education

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Lorrie Heagy

Lorrie Heagy

School of Education, University of Strathclyde - Music Education

Lorrie Heagy is excited to move from one beautiful island (in Alaska) to another by conducting her Fulbright award at the University of Strathclyde beginning January 2019. The UK is the only Fulbright participating country where Heagy can research two innovative music education programmes focused on music for social change: El Sistema and Musical Futures. As school music teacher, non-profit director and teacher trainer, Heagy will work with Strathclyde to research and share best practices from these two music models to support the social and musical advancement of all children. After completing a Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory and serving as 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year, Heagy created JAMM, a Sistema-inspired music programme serving 500 students in Juneau, Alaska. Heagy holds a PhD and honorary doctorate in education and three masterʼs degrees in elementary, music and library education. With 22 years of classroom experience, Heagy hopes to deepen her work in positive youth development, brain-based learning and music for social change by collaborating with school and arts communities throughout the UK.

Keith Thompson

Keith Thompson

School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast

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Keith Thompson

Keith Thompson

School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast

Keith Thompson is currently preparing to enter his 18th full year of teaching at Ithaca High School, in Ithaca, NY.  Primarily teaching various levels of U.S. History and Government, as well as AP Psychology, he has focused on integrating the social sciences as an integral part of a well-rounded historical education both in and outside of the classroom. In addition to teaching, he has worked on local and national curriculum in both historical inquiry and medial literacy. As part of the US-UK Fulbright programme, he is excited to work with local school districts, community partners, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations to explore the ever-changing role of media and technology in shaping our understanding of our schools and other institutions, as well as ourselves.