Two JPPSS Teachers Selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors by National History Day

Two teachers from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors by National History Day (NHD), a yearlong academic program focused on historical research for 6th to 12th grade students. The two honorees, Helen Cox High School teacher LaToya Bailey and Adams Middle School teacher Esther Perez-Zemmels, join a group of 36 Teacher Ambassadors selected from across the United States and Asia.

“Congratulations to LaToya Bailey and Esther Perez-Zemmels for being selected to represent Jefferson Parish and the state of Louisiana as Behring Teacher Ambassadors,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “National History Day is a wonderful program for our students, and I’m excited that our two ambassadors will have the opportunity to help educators bring history to life for their students.”

Each year, NHD selects a theme for its programs, and Behring Teacher Ambassadors work with students and teachers to help them better understand the theme and expand NHD programs in their region. The theme for 2014-15 is “Leadership & Legacy in History.”

Each Teacher Ambassador is awarded a $1,000 stipend for their participation and service, along with training and professional development opportunities. Candidates nominated for the award must be middle or high school classroom teachers interested in NHD programs who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom or be past Behring Teacher Award winners. Ambassadors are selected based on their demonstration of outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing students’ interest in history.

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