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Middle School Teacher Picked for Library of Congress Institute

Andrea Tehan Carnes

Andrea Tehan Carnes

Middle School math and science teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes has been selected from pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute June 20-24, 2016.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. During the five-day program, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

This is a special session for educators who teach about science, technology or engineering. Activities draw upon the Library of Congress’ treasures related to these areas, with an emphasis on the nature of science, scientific and engineering practices, interdependence of science, technology and engineering, the historical context of discovery and invention, and more.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history—original documents and objects that were created at the time period under study. They are different from secondary sources—accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

Carnes has been teaching at Stoneleigh-Burnham School since 2011. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Biology, she began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica where she taught environmental science to students in grades 2-6. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked for a non-profit in Washington, D.C., but missed being in the classroom and decided to earn her M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University. For three years she worked as a special education teacher specializing in science, math and academic skills in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.