Episode 9: An Interview with Kelsie Brook Eckert – 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year

Kelsie Brook Eckert
Our host of An Unconventional Teacher, Jon Hinthorne, interviews the 2015 National History Day Teacher of the Year as well as the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year, Kelsie Brook Eckert.
Kelsie humbly offers to our listeners a window into what makes her an unapologetically unconventional teacher of history and how she incorporates the voices of all humans, especially women, from history and not just the typical voices we normally hear from.
Kelsie’s Free Curriculum: Lesson Plans Grades K-6  , Grades 7-12
Kelsie’s Bio:
>Kelsie works at Moultonborough Academy as a Social Studies teacher, teaching US History, AP US History, AP World History, current events, and Psychology. She also sits on the Board for the New Hampshire Council for Social Studies. She has a MEd in Social Studies Education and a BA in Political Science, with minors in Asian Studies and Theater.
>In 2020, Kelsie was named the Gilder Lehrman New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. In 2018, her lesson plan on Mercy Otis Warren was published by the History Channel. In 2016 Kelsie received the PSU award for Outstanding Graduate Alumni and became a Normandy Scholar and traveling to France to research the D-Day invasions. She also earned the New Hampshire National History Day Teacher of the Year Award in 2015.
>Previously she has worked at Plymouth State University, coordinating the New Hampshire state history competition (National History Day). Since, as a teacher, she has led her own student projects to the national competition and done well there. Kelsie has experience in outdoor education and as a collegiate lacrosse coach (including a national championship win in 2010). Kelsie was nominated for a professional award at Plymouth State and received the highest graduate scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements.
>Character development is a key part of her teaching philosophy, which includes critical thinking, authentic assessment, and meaningful learning experiences that promote student growth.
>Kelsie is motivated, confident, and pensive. She is up for a challenge, takes initiative, and has a tremendous work ethic.
>Kelsie has traveled all over the world including Mongolia, China, Mexico, Central America, and Europe. In college, she was a varsity soccer and lacrosse player and choreographed ballet for the school’s dance production.
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