Episode 10: An Interview with CherylAnne Amendola – 2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year

“Make sure every student in your class is seen in your class. Do your very best….The very best thing you can do is show up for every student every day.” – CherylAnne Amendola 

CherylAnne Amendola has been teaching American and World History for the last 15 years.  She graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Political Science and from Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A. in Social Studies Education.  Currently, she is working on an M.A. in American History from Pace University in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  

She was named 2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and was accepted as an Academy for Teachers fellow. HERE is an article featuring her and this prestigious award.

CherylAnne published her first book in November 2019 entitled “On the Backs of the Enslaved.”  Go buy a hundred copies for you and your friends!

CherylAnne also is the founder and host of the podcast, The Teaching History Herway Podcast. It is so great and something everyone should go check out and subscribe to today! 

Episode Highlights 

1) Inspiration to teach: “I just wanted to bring happiness and passion to other kids…I want them to see someone that loves something” 

2) “I tell my students everyday that I love them…I want every kid to have that feeling of being loved.”  

3) “I like to teach history from different angles and different lenses…so, for example, when I teach about the 18th century…I dress up.” 

4) “I also try to give them (students) as many real world experiences as I can.”  

5) “A lot of history is not told…we hear a lot from the dead white guy.”  

6) Episode Ending: Story about teaching LGBT history 

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