2020-21 American Distinguished Teaching Award grantees

Samantha Brant

Samantha Brant

School of Education, Durham University - STEM Education

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Samantha Brant

Samantha Brant

School of Education, Durham University - STEM Education

Samantha Brant is a 4th grade teacher at Siegrist Elementary School in Platte City, MO and has been with the Platte County R-3 school district for ten years. She is a member of the school leadership team and the district Math Curriculum Council. In addition to teaching, Samantha shares her love of music with the community by playing in two community orchestras, accompanying the Siegrist Elementary Choir, and teaching piano lessons. Samantha received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Music from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Samantha’s inquiry project is titled “Integrating Academic Subjects at the Primary Level Through a Thematic Curriculum” which seeks to learn how to plan and implement a thematic curriculum in order to provide teachers in her community with a comprehensive and effective method of integrating STEM subjects with language arts.

Vickie Crockett

Vickie Crockett

Institute of Education, University College London - SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

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Vickie Crockett

Vickie Crockett

Institute of Education, University College London - SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

Vickie M. Crockett is an English teacher who has spent 20 years working with both middle and high school students. She has a passion for supporting marginalised student communities and her collaborative spirit has seen her support her professional colleagues as a department chair, mentor, gifted instruction liaison and professional development coach. Vickie received a dual major BA in Afro-American Studies and Political Science from Smith College in 1994, before going on to receive an MSE and EdS in Curriculum Instruction from Walden University in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She has a myriad of interests including international travel, film noir, theatre, and jazz. She also serves in her community as a grassroots advocate and organiser as well as being active in her local church.

Vickie's Fulbright project plans to study how diverse schools can use brain-based, culturally relevant strategies to promote greater academic success for marginalised learners. Vickie's goal is to use her research and findings to develop a more culturally inclusive curriculum that schools can use to better serve all students and aggressively narrow the achievement gap for non-majority students in the USA and abroad.

Ellie Walsh

Ellie Walsh

School of Education, University of Strathclyde - History

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Ellie Walsh

Ellie Walsh

School of Education, University of Strathclyde - History

A graduate of The College of William and Mary (2012, B.A., History) and Vanderbilt University's Peabody College (2013, M.Ed., Secondary Social Studies Education),  Ellie Walsh-Moots is in her eighth year teaching social studies at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN. She spends her days guiding freshman students to be practicing student-historians through World History and empowering senior students to be active citizens through AP U.S. Government and Politics. She also facilitates a project-based learning course in which students use historical research skills to reconstruct celebrations of the past. She has previously taught Forensics (Speech and Debate) and U.S. History. When not in the classroom, Ellie enjoys travel and trivia with family and friends. Like many teachers, her passion for pedagogy and commitment to growth has led her to also take on school leadership roles, including positions as a house leader, technology integration lead, and department chair.